Lyrics to By Thee with Grace
from “The Creation”
Eve (Soprano), Adam (Baritone):
By thee with bliss, O bounteous Lord,
are earth and heaen stored.
This world, so great, so wonderful,
thy mighty hand has framed.
O blessed be his holy might;
his praise we sing eternally.
Thou star of morning,
O how fair thy tidings of the day;
What radiance rare, O sun, is thine,
thou eye and soul of all!
Proclaim, in your extended course,
your maker’s power and glory bright!
And thou, the tender queen of night,
and all ye starry host,
proclaim in every land
his praise in heaven’s harmonies!
Ye mighty elements,
by his power your endless changes make;
ye misty vapors,
which the wind doth spin and roll through air,
Eve, Adam, Chorus:
O sing the praise of God the Lord.
Great is his name, and great his might.
Soft flowing fountains,
tune his praise, and trees adoring bow.
Ye fragrant plants, ye flowers fair,
with sweetness fill the air!
Ye that on highest mountains climb,
and ye that lowly creep,
ye whose flight doth cleave the skies,
and ye that swim the deep,
Eve, Adam and Chorus:
Ye, ye creatures of our God and King,
praise, praise him, all ye breathing life!
Ye shadowed woods, ye hills and vales,
your thanks with ours unite
and echo loud from morn to eve
our joyful hymn of praise
Hail, mighty God, Creator, hail!
The world springs forth at thy command.
Adoring earth and heaven stand.
We praise thy name for evermore.
Music by Franz Josef Haydn