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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
 
An Ode: ‘The spacious firmament’
By Joseph Addison (1672–1719)
 
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,        5
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,        10
And nightly, to the listening 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,        15
And spread the truth from pole to pole.
 
What though, in solemn silence, all
Move round this dark, terrestrial ball?
What though nor real voice nor sound
Amidst their radiant orbs be found?        20
In reason’s ear they all rejoice,
And utter forth a glorious voice,
Forever singing as they shine,
“The hand that made us is divine!”
 
 
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