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Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900.
  
Joseph Addison. 1672–1719
  
433. Hymn
  
THE spacious firmament on high, 
With all the blue ethereal sky, 
And spangled heavens, a shining frame, 
Their great Original proclaim. 
Th' unwearied Sun from day to day         5
Does his Creator's power display; 
And publishes to every land 
The work of an Almighty hand. 
 
Soon as the evening shades prevail, 
The Moon takes up the wondrous tale;  10
And nightly to the listening Earth 
Repeats the story of her birth: 
Whilst all the stars that round her burn, 
And all the planets in their turn, 
Confirm the tidings as they roll,  15
And spread the truth from pole to pole. 
 
What though in solemn silence all 
Move round the dark terrestrial ball; 
What though nor real voice nor sound 
Amidst their radiant orbs be found?  20
In Reason's ear they all rejoice, 
And utter forth a glorious voice; 
For ever singing as they shine, 
'The Hand that made us is divine.' 
 
 
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