Joseph Addison

(1672-1719 / England)

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Ode


The spacious firmament on high,
With all the blue ethereal sky,
And spangled heav'ns, a shining frame,
Their great original proclaim:
Th' unwearied Sun, from day to day,
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,
And nightly to the list'ning 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,
And spread the truth from pole to pole.

What though, in solemn silence, all
Move round the dark terrestrial ball?
What though nor real voice nor sound
Amid their radiant orbs be found?
In Reason's ear they all rejoice,
And utter forth a glorious voice,
For ever singing, as they shine,
'The Hand that made us is Divine.'

Submitted: Sunday, May 06, 2001
Edited: Sunday, May 06, 2001

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  • Gold Star - 33,497 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (9/10/2014 10:45:00 PM)

    Heaven and the orbs a beautiful ode of upper nature with our existence and the Almighty as whole a praise in form ofhymn (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 2,677 Points Terry Craddock (9/10/2014 10:44:00 PM)

    Beautiful poetry but I do not believe the sun and moon proclaim their origins as Joseph Addison implies, we watch observe listen to nature, impose meaning due to our own cultural beliefs, true understanding seems to lurk between scientific advancements and moments of eureka. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 2,225 Points Patricia Grantham (9/10/2014 7:55:00 AM)

    This is one of the most beautiful poems that I have ever read.
    It tells of the universe and all of its wonderful attributes. Written
    with pure love and admiration for planet earth. Excellent. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 68 Points Robin Skyrde (9/10/2014 2:48:00 AM)

    I do not believe in god or anything of the sort, but that matters little here (to me) .
    This is a finely written piece of work, both clever and artistic. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 149 Points Queeny Gona (9/10/2013 10:16:00 AM)

    Amen! Very delightful write dear Joseph Addison. I loved the way you have worshiped the LORD ALMIGHTY by giving thanks and recognising God as is!

    Stay blessed. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Kolawole Ajao (9/10/2013 7:34:00 AM)

    Great poem indeed; some of those lines one would read from top to bottom without feeling tired but instead yearn for more. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Manohar Bhatia (9/10/2013 7:30:00 AM)

    What I found intriguing is how the poet, Joseph Addison has dug out the second line ryhming perfectly in the meaning of the first line? But I believe master poets like Him are capable of picking a line out of wind, so to say.I found the poem very simple, yet very deep in meaning.
    Manohar Bhatia. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 294 Points Ramesh T A (9/10/2010 2:09:00 AM)

    A lively and lovely Sky canvas is drawn poetically by Joseph Addison! A beautiful poem to read indeed! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Anthony Foster (9/10/2009 1:29:00 PM)

    Addison is saying that the way the universe is put together can only be by the hand of a great and devine intelegence, meaning God. The poetry is very good the way it is put together. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Joseph Poewhit (9/10/2009 7:28:00 AM)

    Brings into light the awesome power and beauty of GODS creation. A new novelty in that era, that the world was round and not flat. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Kevin Straw (9/10/2009 5:49:00 AM)

    I am not sure what Addison meant by 'Reason' if it hears the stars etc proclaim '
    'The Hand that made us is Divine.' This poem could be set to music as a hymn. (Report) Reply

    Freshman - 1,450 Points Laura Burns (9/10/2014 8:32:00 PM)

    Actually, it has been set to music as a hymn several times, most notably by Franz Joseph Haydn.

  • Rookie Eithne Queen of Celts (9/10/2009 3:12:00 AM)

    People used to write good poetry back then, and, just like in painting or music, they made religious facts a constant subject for that poetry. (Report) Reply

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