Spacious Firmament - Tobin Stokes


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you are listening to the SATB version with orchestra

presented at the Kathaumixw International Choral Festival



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.


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.


While 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 through in solemn silence all

move round the dark terrestrial ball,

what through no real voice, nor sound

amidst 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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