Scripture Verse

Invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead. Romans 1:20


Words: Anne Steele, Po­ems on Sub­jects Chief­ly De­vo­tion­al 1760. The Voice of the Crea­tures.

Music: Mal­den, in the Sab­bath School Me­lo­dist, ed­it­ed by Will­iam Byrnes (Bos­ton: Mas­sa­chu­setts Sab­bath School So­ci­ety, 1850), num­ber 24 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Steele (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


There is a God, all na­ture speaks,
Through earth, and air, and seas, and skies,
See, from the clouds His glo­ry breaks,
When the first beams of morn­ing rise:

The ris­ing sun, se­rene­ly bright,
O’er the wide world’s ex­tend­ed frame,
Inscribes, in char­ac­ters of light,
His migh­ty mak­er’s glo­ri­ous name.

Diffusing life, His in­flu­ence spreads,
And health and plen­ty smile around,
And fruit­ful fields, and ve­rdant meads,
Are with a thou­sand bless­ings crowned.

Almighty good­ness, pow­er di­vine,
The fields and ver­dant meads dis­play;
And bless the hand which made them shine,
With va­ri­ous charms pro­fuse­ly gay.

For man and beast, here dai­ly food
In wide dif­fus­ive plen­ty grows!
And there, for drink, the crys­tal flood
In streams sweet wind­ing, gent­ly flows.

By cool­ing streams, and soft­en­ing show­ers,
The ve­ge­ta­ble race are fed,
And trees, and plants, and herbs, and flow­ers,
Their maker’s boun­ty smil­ing spread.

The flow­ery tribes, all bloom­ing, rise,
Above the faint at­tempts of art,
Their bright, in­im­it­able dyes,
Speak sweet con­vic­tion to the heart.

Ye cu­ri­ous minds who roam abroad,
And trace crea­tion’s won­ders o’er,
Confess the foot­steps of the God,
And bow be­fore Him, and adore.

Torrent in Wood Behind Mill Dam
William Haseltine (1835–1900)