Latinised Hymns

The heavens declare thy glory, Lord

The heavens declare thy glory, Lord,
in every star thy wisdom shines
but when our eyes behold thy Word,
we read thy Name in fairer lines.

The rolling Sun, the changing Light,
The Nights and Days thy Power confess:
But the blest Volume thou hast writ
Reveals thy Justice and thy Grace.

Sun, moon, and stars convey thy praise
round the whole earth, and never stand:
so when thy truth begun its race,
it touched and glanced on every land.

Nor shall thy spreading Gospel rest
till through the world thy truth has run,
till Christ has all the nations blest
that see the light or feel the sun.

Great Sun of Righteousness, arise,
bless the dark world with heavenly light;
thy Gospel makes the simple wise,
thy laws are pure, thy judgments right.

Thy noblest wonders here we view
in souls renewed and sins forgiven;
Lord, cleanse my sins, my soul renew,
and make thy word my guide to heaven.

I. Watts

O dicte maximus polo
et sapiens sideribus,
in Verbo scriptus es tuo,
id si legatur, pulchrius.

Volvendo sole nox dies
te praevalentem nuncupant
sed libri guos scriptos habes
iusturn benignumque indicant.

Laudes tuas ut ubique
sol, luna, sidera vehunt,
cum coepit Ver(b)um currere
id omnes orae senserunt.

Pandi nec ante desinet
per orbem Evangelium
fruentem sole quam beet
Salvator omnem populum.

Surgens, O Sol Iustitiae,
terrestres pelle tenebras,
qui, iuris dictor optime,
ineducatos educas.

Est mira, quam hic exhibes,
cum venia novatio:
sic me cum venia noves,
et Verbo supra duc tuo.

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