SPIRITUAL POEMS: “The spacious firmament” by Joseph Addison (1672 – 1719)


“The spacious firmament”

The Spacious Firmament on high
With all the blue Etherial Sky
And spangled Heav’ns a Shining frame
Their great original proclaim:
Th’unwearied sun, from day to day
Does his Creator’s pow’r 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 listning 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 rowl
And spread the truth from pole to pole

What though, in solemn silence, all
Move round the dark terrestrial ball?
What tho’ 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.’

Joseph Addison
1672 – 1719  

Joseph Addison, oil painting by Michael Dahl, 1719; in the National Portrait Gallery, London.

Joseph Addison, (born May 1, 1672, Milston, Wiltshire, England—died June 17, 1719, London), English essayist, poet, and dramatist.

Refernce: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Joseph-Addison


One Comment Add yours

  1. LindaP says:

    Beautiful poem!

    Liked by 1 person

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