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The heavens declare thy glory, Lord!
(Thomas Kelly/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)

The heavens declare thy glory, Lord!

"The heavens declare the glory of God." (Psalm 19,1)

1. The heav'ns declare thy glory, Lord!
  The thousand worlds that meet our eyes
sufficient evidence afford,
  that thou art great, that thou art wise.

2. Who but the only wise could form
  a world contrived with so much skill;
or who but he, whose mighty arm
  could execute his sov'reign will?

3. But though the things we see around,
  thy wisdom and thy pow'r declare,
no argument can there be found,
  to save a sinner from despair.

4. Not from thy works, but from thy word,
  the soul-reviving news is known;
that pardon may with truth accord,
  and mercy can to man be shown.

5. When a few seasons have revolved,
  the world will pass away, and then
the works thereof shall be dissolved,
  and not a wreck or trace be seen.

6. Not so thy word, it stands secure;
  the blessed truths that it contains
eternal are, and shall endure
  when nothing of the world remains.

7. And they who from thy word derive
  their hope, and are of thee forgiv'n,
the wreck of nature shall survive,
  and find eternal life in heav'n.

Thomas Kelly, Hymns on various passages of Scripture, ca. 1853, Hymn 699.

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