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Heaven and Earth, and Sea and Sky   1 comment

Above:  Mountain and Sky, Utah

Image in the Public Domain

Original German Text (1680) by Joachim Neander (1650-1680)

Composite English Translation

Hymn Source = Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church (1917), The United Lutheran Church in America (1918-1962) and its immediate predecessor bodies


Heaven and earth, and sea and air,

All their Maker’s praise declare;

Wake, my soul, awake and sing:

Now thy grateful praises bring.


See the glorious orb of day

Breaking through the clouds his way;

Moon and stares with silvery light

Praise Him through the silent night.


See how He hath ev’ry where

Made this earth so rich and fair;

Hill and vale and fruitful land,

All things living, show His hand.


See how through the boundless sky

Fresh and free the birds do fly;

Fire and wind and storm are still

Servants of His royal will.


See the water’s ceaseless flow,

Ever circling to and fro;

From the sources to the sea,

Still it rolls in praise to Thee.


Lord, great wonders workest Thou!

To Thy sway all creatures bow.

Write Thou deeply in my heart

What I am, and what Thou art!

Wondrous King, All-Glorious   1 comment

Above:  Clouds

Image in the Public Domain

Original German Text (1680) by Joachim Neander (1650-1680)

English Translation (1938) by William John Schaefer (1891-1976)

Hymn Source = The Lutheran Hymnal (1941), The Evangelical Lutheran Synodical Conference of North America


Wondrous King, all-glorious,

Sov’reign Lord victorious,

Oh, receive our praise with favor!

From Thee welled God’s kindness

Tho’ we in our blindness

Strayed from Thee, our blessed Savior.

Strengthen Thou,

Help us now;

Let our tongues be singing,

Thee our praises bringing.


Heavens, spread the story

Of our Maker’s glory,

All the pomp of earth obscuring,

Sun, thy rays be sending,

Thy bright beams expending,

Light to all the earth assuring.

Moon and star,

Praise afar

Him who glorious made you;

The vast heavens aid you.


O my soul, rejoicing,

Sing, thy praises voicing,

Sing, with hymns of faith adore Him!

All who here have being,

Shout, your voices freeing,

Bow down in the dust before Him.

He is God Sabaoth;

Praise alone the Savior,

Here and there forever.


Hallelujahs render

To the Lord most tender,

Te who know and love the Savior.

Hallelujahs sing ye,

Ye redeemed, oh, bring ye

Hearts that yield Him glad behavior.

Blest are ye


Sinless there forever,

Ye shall laud Him ever.

O Thou Love Unbounded   2 comments



Above:  Christ the Merciful

Image in the Public Domain

Hymn Source = The Lutheran Hymnal (1941), Evangelical Lutheran Synodical Conference of North America

Original Words (published in 1735) by Johann Jacob Rambach (1693-1735)

English Translation (1940) by William Gustave Polack (1890-1950)


1.  O Thou Love Unbounded,

Grant to eyes enshrouded,

E’en for earthly sight beclouded,

Grace to see Thy patience,

All the world enfolding,

Thy long-suff’ring thus beholding.

Lo, its rays,

To Thy praise,

Joy to men bestowing,

Like the sun are glowing.

2.  All Thy vast dominion–

Earth and air and ocean–

Is the field of Thy devotion;

And Thy great long-suff’ring,

Ever newly tested,

With more beauty is invested.

Oh, how far

Its wings are

As they stretch forth daily

Over hill and valley!

3.  All our works are feeble

As the heart upraises

For Thy patience,

Lord, its praises.

With untold transgressions

Day by day Thou bearest,

Many million sinners sparest!

Daily new

Lovest, too,

All who here offend Thee.

Who can comprehend Thee?

4.  Sinners Thou forgivest,

Hear’st when they implore Thee,

When they, weeping, come before Thee;

Thy right hand may threaten,

Yet Thy mercy yearneth

And Thine anger from us turneth.

Tho’ we may

Yet delay

Truly to espouse Thee,

To new wrath arouse Thee.

5.  Lord, no one has ever,

Who on Thee believed,

Justice here for grace received.

All guilt Thou removest

When we boy before Thee

And in penitence implore Thee;

For our smart

Moves Thy heart;

Thou wouldst mercy show us

And with grace endow us.

6.  O Most High, we praise Thee

That Thou us regardest

Nor our evil deeds rewardest!

Zion’s Hope, continue

Thy dominion o’er us,

Wielding well Thy scepter for us


Patient be,

Lord, we now implore Thee:

Thine shall be the glory!

Great God, We Sing That Mighty Hand   2 comments

Great God, We Sing That Mighty Hand

Above:  The Hymn, from The Hymnal (1941)

Hymn Source = The Hymnal (1941), of the Evangelical and Reformed Church

Words by Philip Doddridge (1702-1751)


1.  Great God, we sing that mighty hand,

By which supported still we stand;

The opening year Thy mercy shows;

That mercy crown it till it close.

2.  By day, by night, at home, abroad,

Still we are guarded by our God;

By His incessant bounty fed,

By His unerring counsel led.

3.  With grateful hearts the past the own;

The future, all to us unknown,

We to Thy guardian care commit,

And peaceful leave before Thy feet.

4.  In scenes exalted or depressed,

Thou art our Joy, and Thou our Rest;

Thy goodness all our hopes shall raise,

Adored through all our changing days.

Arise, All Things That God Has Made   1 comment


Above:  Part of the Grounds, St. Clare’s Episcopal Church, Blairsville, Georgia, August 4, 2012

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta


Original Danish Words by Hans Adolph Brorson (1694-1764)

English Translation by A. M. Andersen

Hymn Source = Hymnal for Church and Home, Third Edition (1938), of the American Evangelical Lutheran Church and the United Evangelical Lutheran Church, denominations with Danish heritage


1.  Arise, all things that God has made

And praise His might and glory;

Each leaflet and each grassy blade

Does tell a wondrous story.

2.  Tho’ all the kings on earth did show

Their utmost strength and power,

They could not make a leaflet grow,

Nor mend a broken flower.

3.  What shall I say whene’er I walk

Where flowers are abounding

And hear the birds together talk,

As thousand harps were sounding.

4.  What shall I say when I behold

The stars in countless numbers

And see their smiling charm unfold,

While nature deeply slumbers.

5.  What shall I say?  Weak are my words

And humble my opinion.

How great Thy wisdom, Lord of lords,

Thy might and Thy dominion!

Fairest Lord Jesus   1 comment

Above:  Christ with Beard

Image in the Public Domain

Original words from Munster Gesangbuch (1677); English translation (1873) by U.S. Lutheran pastor Joseph Augustus Seiss

Hymn Source = The United Methodist Hymnal (1989), of The United Methodist Church


1.  Fairest Lord Jesus, ruler of all nature,

O thou of God and man the Son,

thee will I cherish, thee will I honor,

thou, my soul’s glory, joy, and crown.

2.  Fair are the meadows, fairer still the woodlands,

robed in the blooming garb of spring:

Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer,

who makes the woeful heart to sing.

3.  Fair is the sunshine, fairer still the moonlight,

and all the twinkling starry host:

Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer

than all the angels heaven can boast.

4.  Beautiful Savior! Lord of all the nations!

Son of God and Son of Man!

Glory and honor, praise, adoration,

now and forever more be thine.

From All that Dwell Below the Skies   1 comment

Rays of Sunlight

Image Source = Wikipedia

Hymn Source = The Church Hymnal (1935), of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ

Words (1719) by Isaac Watts (1674-1748), author of a plethora of hymns


1.  From all that dwell below the skies,

Let the Creator’s praise arise;

Let the Redeemer’s name be sung,

Thro’ ev’ry land, by ev’ry tongue.

2.  Eternal are thy mercies, Lord;

Eternal truth attends thy word;

Thy praise shall sound from shore to shore,

Till suns shall rise and set no more.

3.  In ev’ry land begin the song;

To ev’ry land the strains belong;

In cheerful sounds all voices raise,

And fill the world with loudest praise.