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Category: Joseph Addison (1672 – 1719)
Joseph Addison (1672 – 1719) was an English essayist, poet, playwright and politician, born in Milston, Wiltshire. He was the eldest son of The Reverend Lancelot Addison who became Dean of Lichfield Cathedral, shortly after Joseph’s birth.
Joseph is mainly remembered, together with his friend Richard Steele, for having founded The Spectator magazine, who he had met whilst at Charterhouse School, London before his further education at The Queen’s College, Oxford. He later became became a fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford.
It was in The Spectator that the hymn The Spacious Firmament On High was first published in 1712.
The Spacious Firmament : Lyrics
1. The spacious firmament on high,
With all the blue ethereal sky,
And spangled heavens, a shining frame,
Their great Original proclaim.
The unwearied sun from day to day
Does his Creator’s power display,
And publishes to every land
The work of an almighty hand.
2. Soon as the evening shades prevail
The moon takes up the wondrous tale,
And nightly ...