Author of the Lyrics
The author of the reverent
words of the "The Heavens Declare the Glory of God" lyrics, Joseph Addison (May 1, 1672-June 17, 1719),
was born in Amesbury, Wiltshire, England and
achieved fame as a son of the Dean of Lichfield who became a lawyer, journalist and hymn writer.
Composer of Hymn Music
The composer of the
music that accompanies the
words of "The Heavens Declare the Glory of God", Franz Josef Haydn (March 31, 1732-May 31, 1809),
was born in Rohrau, Austria and
became famous as a a great symphonist, composer and musician.
Information about the
Title of Hymn: The Heavens Declare the Glory of God
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): Joseph Addison (May 1, 1672
to June 17, 1719)
Nationality of Author:
Translator of the Hymn
lyrics: N/A Hymn written in English
Name of Composer of Music: Franz Josef Haydn (March 31, 1732 to
May 31, 1809)
Hymn Category: Christian Songs
First Line of Hymn: "1 The spacious firmament on high, with all the blue ethereal sky"
First Publication Date:
The Heavens Declare the Glory of God Lyrics
1 The spacious firmament on high,
with all the blue ethereal sky,
and spangled heavens, a shining frame,
their great Original proclaim.
The unwearied sun from day to day
does his Creator's power display,
and publishes to every land
the work of an almighty hand.
2 Soon as the evening shades prevail
the moon takes up the wondrous tale,
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,
and spread the truth from pole to pole.
3 What though in solemn silence all
move round the dark terrestrial ball;
what though nor real voice nor sound
amid their radiant orbs be found;
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.'