Joseph Addison

     The spacious firmament on high,
   With all the blue ethereal sky,
   And spangled heav'ns, a shining frame,
   Their great original proclaim:
   Th' unwearied Sun, from day to day,
   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,
   And nightly to the list'ning 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.

     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."

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