1 The God of might dispels the night,
And sends the risen Son,
To give us light, put sin to flight,
The power of death undone.
The souls who put their trust in Him
No longer fear the grave;
His love has conquered powers grim
And showed His power to save.
2 The Light of the world has calmed our strife,
Has banished death’s dark gloom;
Has given resurrection life,
And hope beyond the tomb.
Live in the light and trust your Lord,
A tower and fortress sure,
Because He died, we know we live,
While Heaven and earth endure.
Published in a chapel hymnal for the Duke of Würtemberg (Gesangbuch der Herzogl, 1784), ELLACOMBE (the name of a village in Devonshire, England) was first set to the words "Ave Maria, klarer und lichter Morgenstern." During the first half of the nineteenth century various German hymnals altered the…