Scripture Verse

The morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy. Job 38:7

Introduction

Words: Na­than­i­el P. Will­is, 1826. Will­is wrote this hymn for the con­se­cra­tion of the Ha­no­ver Street Church in Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts.

Music: Duke Street at­trib­ut­ed to John Hat­ton, 1793 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Hat­ton (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

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Nathaniel P. Willis
(1807–1867)

Lyrics

The perfect world, by Adam trod,
Was the first temple built by God;
His fiat laid the corner stone,
And heaved its pillars one by one.

He hung its starry roof on high,
The broad expanse of azure sky;
He spread its pavement, green and bright,
And curtained it with morning light.

The mountains in their places stood,
The sea, the sky; and all was good;
And when its first pure praises rang,
The morning stars together rang.

Lord, ’tis not ours to make the sea,
And earth, and sky, a house for Thee;
But in Thy sight our offering stands,
A humbler temple, made with hands.