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Translations and Paraphrases, in Verse, of Several Passages of Sacred Scripture001
Let Heaven Arise, Let Earth AppearRev. Isaac Watts (1674-1748)

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001bDayFrom Day’s Psalter, 1563Common Meter (

1Let heaven arise, let earth appear,
Said the Almighty Lord:
The heaven arose, the earth appeared,
At His creating word.
2Thick darkness brooded o’er the deep:
God said, “Let there be light:”
Tho light shone forth with smiling ray,
And scattered ancient night.
3He bade the clouds ascend on high;
The clouds ascend, and bear
A watery treasure to the sky,
And float upon the air.
4The liquid element below
Was gathered by His hand;
The rolling seas together flow,
And leave the solid land.
5With herbs, and plants, and fruitful trees,
The new-formed globe He crowned,
Ere there was rain to bless the soil,
Or sun to warm the ground.
6Then high in heaven’s resplendent arch
He placed two orbs of light,
He set the sun to rule the day,
The moon to rule the night.
7Next, from the deep, the Almighty King
Did vital beings frame;
Fowls of the air of every wing,
And fish of every name.
8To all the various brutal tribes
He gave their wondrous birth;
At once the lion and the worm
Sprung from the teeming earth.
9Then, chief o’er all His works below,
At last was Adam made;
His Maker’s image blessed His soul,
And glory crowned His head.
10Fair in the Almighty Maker’s eye
The whole creation stood.
He viewed the fabric He had raised;
His word pronounced it good.
Genesis1:1-4,311 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. 3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. 31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

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