"At the beginning You existed
and laid the foundations of the earth;
the heavens are the work of Your hands."
Sunrise over South Beach
Tybee Island, Georgia
Since o'er Thy footstool here below
Such radiant gems are strown,
Oh, what magnificence must glow,
My God, about Thy throne!
So brilliant here these drops of light
There the full ocean rolls, how bright!
If night's blue curtain of the sky,
With thousand stars in wrought,
Hung like a canopy
With glittering diamonds fraught,
Be, Lord, Thy temple's outer veil,
What splendor at the shrine must dwell!
The dazzling sun at noontide hour,
Forth from his flaming vase
Flinging o'er earth the golden shower
Till vale and mountain blaze,
But shows, O Lord, one beam of Thine:
What then, the day where Thou dost shine!
Ah, how shall these dim eyes endure
The noon of living rays!
Or how my spirit, so impure,
Upon Thy brightness gaze!
Anoint, O Lord, anoint my sight,
And robe me for that world of light.
William Augustus Muhlenberg
Sunset on Salt Pond
Narragansett, Rhode Island