Ere the Blue Heav’ns Were Stretched Abroad

Citation, lyrics and music are copied from The Cyber Hymnal and are public domain. Midi file is generated from Anvil Studio 2012, and is piano only. Lyrics may be modified for doctrinal accuracy. This version is not copyrighted. If you find it a blessing, please feel free to use it. — In Christ, Paul W. Davis

Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God. Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men. For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night. (Psalm 90:1-4)

Come ye near unto me, hear ye this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there am I: and now the Lord GOD, and his Spirit, hath sent me. Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go. (Isaiah 48:16-17)

Words: Isaac Watts, Hymns and Spir­i­tu­al Songs, Book I, 1707, num­ber 2. Modified by Cynthia M. Droddy, 2012.
Music:Tru­ro“, from Psalm­o­dia Evan­gel­i­ca, by Thom­as Will­iams, 1789. (midi, mp3)
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Ere the blue heav’ns were stretched abroad,
From everlasting is the Word:
With God He was; the Word is God,
And must divinely be adored.

By His own power were all things made;
By Him supported all remain;
He is the whole creation’s Head,
And angels fly at His command.

Ere sin was born, or Satan fell,
He led the host of morning stars:
Thy generation who can tell,
Or count the numbers of Thy years?

Mortals with joy beheld His face,
The Father’s own Begotten Son;
How full of truth! how full of grace!
God is with us, Immanuel.

The Lamb from the foundation slain,
For all His children, ransom paid;
And now in Heav’n exalted high,
Our Lord, our Savior and our King.