Teach us what we yet may be

Song lyrics to the hymn Teach us what we yet may be by Catherine C. Arnott, arranged by Ludwig von Beethoven (Hymn to Joy)

God who stretched the spangled heavens
Infinite in time and place
Flung the suns in burning radiance
Through the silent realms of space,
We, Thy children, in Thy likeness,
Share inventive powers with Thee
Great Creator, still creating,
Teach us what we yet may be.

We have conquered worlds undreamed of
Since the childhoods of our race,
Known the ecstasy of winging
Through uncharted realms of space,
Probed the secrets of the atom,
Yielding unimagined power
Facing us with life’s destruction
or our most triumphant hour.

As Thy new horizons beckon,
Father, give us strength to be
Children of creative purpose,
Serving man and honoring Thee.
Til our dreams are rich with meaning
Each endeavor Thy design
Great Creator, lead us onward
Til our work is one with Thine.

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