Let There Be Light

Representative Text

1 God, your almighty word
Chaos and darkness heard,
And took their flight:
Hear us, we humbly pray,
And where the gospel-day
Sheds not its glorious ray,
Let there be light!

2 Savior, you came to give
Those who in darkness live
Healing and sight,
Health to the troubled mind,
Sight to the inward blind:
Now to all humankind
Let there be light!

3 Spirit of truth and love,
Life giving, holy dove,
Speed on your flight!
Move on the water's face
Bearing the lamp of grace
And, in earth's darkest place,
Let there be light!

4 Holy and blessed Three,
Glorious Trinity,
Wisdom, Love, Might!
Boundless as ocean's tide,
Rolling in fullest pride,
Through the world, far and wide,
Let there be light!

Source: RitualSong (2nd ed.) #661

Author: John Marriott

Marriott, John, M.A, son of E. Marriott, D.D., Rector of Cottesbach, near Lutterworth, was born at Cottesbach, in 1780, and educated at Rugby, and Christ Church, Oxford. He was the second of two who obtained honours in the schools in 1802, the first year in which there was a public examination for honours at Oxford. He was also Student of Christ Church, and for about two years a private tutor in the family of the Duke of Buccleuch. The Duke presented him to the Rectory of Church Lawford, Warwickshire. This he retained to his death, although his wife's health compelled him to reside in Devonshire, where he was successively curate of St. Lawrence and other parishes in Exeter, and of Broadclyst, near Exeter, where he died March 31, 1825. His p… Go to person page >

Notes

Thou Whose almighty word, p. 715, i. 2, This hymn, beginning "Thou Whose eternal word," was quoted by the Rev. Thomas Mortimer, M.A., Lecturer of St. Olave's, Southwark, and afternoon Lecturer at St. Leonard's, Shoreditch, at the meeting of the London Missionary Society in Great Queen Street Chapel, London, on Thur., May 12, 1825, and was printed with a digest of the speech in the Evangelical Magazine, June 1825, p. 262. It was probably copied from the Magazine into the Friendly Visitor of July , 1825.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)

Tune

ITALIAN HYMN

Felice de Giardini (b. Turin, Italy, 1716; d. Moscow, Russia, 1796) composed ITALIAN HYMN in three parts for this text at the request of Selina Shirley, the famous evangelically minded Countess of Huntingdon. Giardini was living in London at the time and contributed this tune and three others to Mar…

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A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #174

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A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion. (10th ed.) #174

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A Church Hymn Book #225

A Church of England Hymn Book #435

A Collection of Familiar and Original Hymns and Tunes #d108

A Collection of Familiar and Original Hymns and Tunes #d34

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A Collection of Familiar and Original Hymns with New Meanings. 2nd ed. #32

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A Collection of Familiar and Original Hymns with New Meanings. 2nd ed. #103

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A Collection of Hymns #195

A Collection of Hymns for the Sanctuary. Rev.ed. with a Supplement #d92

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A Collection of Hymns for the use of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in America #988

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A Missionary Hymn Book #221

A School Service Book #d171

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A Selection of Hymns #295

A Selection of Spiritual Songs for the Sunday School #d243

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A Selection of Spiritual Songs #369

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A Selection of Spiritual Songs #154

Additional Hymns, Designed as a Supplement to Dwight's Psalms & Hymns #d183

Ambassador Hymnal #316

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American Lutheran Hymnal #111

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Ancient and Modern #810

Anglican Hymn Book #315

Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #767

Armed Forces Hymnal. Catholic Supplement #d33

Australian Hymn Book #61

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Baptist Chorals #409

Baptist Hymnal #461

Baptist Hymnal (1975 ed) #303

Book of Common Praise #d588

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Book of Worship with Hymns and Tunes #182

Bright Gems #d175

Calvary Selection of Spiritual Songs with Music for the Church and the Choir #d911

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Carmina Sanctorum, a selection of hymns and songs of praise with tunes #638

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Carmina Sanctorum #638

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Catholic Book of Worship III #513

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Children's Praise #2

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Christian Hymns #214

Christian Praise #d356

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Christian Praise #123

Christian Science Hymnal (Rev. and enl.) #S401

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Christian Science Hymnal (Rev. and enl.) #346

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Christian Song #290

Christian Worship, a Hymnal. Special ed. #d448

Christian Worship #536

Christian Youth Hymnal #274

Church and University Hymns #d201

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Church Book #301

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Church Book #301

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Church Choral-Book #478

Church Family Worship #416

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Church Harmonies #2

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Church Hymnal #131

Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #324

Church Hymnal, Fourth Edition #284

Church Hymnal, Mennonite #514

Church Hymnal, Mennonite #514

Church Hymnal, Mennonite #d555

Church Hymnal, Third Edition #285

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Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #112

Church Hymns and Services, Published under License of the Church Pension Fund #d251

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Church Hymns and Tunes #589a

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Church Hymns and Tunes #589b

Church Hymns and Tunes for use in Baptist Churches #d567

Church Hymns with Tunes #528

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Church Hymns #574

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Church Pastorals, hymns and tunes for public and social worship #603

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Church Psalmist #225

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Church Psalmist #225

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Church Psalmist #225

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Columbia University Hymnal #61

Common Praise (1998) #560

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Common Praise #267

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Common Praise #624

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Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church #A217

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Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church #217

Compilation of Hymns for the Use of the Churches of the Christian Union #d734

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Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #684

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Complete Mission Praise #699

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Concordia #193

Divine Service Book for the Armed Forces #d223

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Evangelical Lutheran hymnal #487

Evangelical Lutheran Hymnal. 9th ed. #d44

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Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #202

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Evangelical Lutheran Worship #673

Fellowship Hymnal, with Worship Material and Services #d141

Gather (3rd ed.) #561

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Glorious Things in Sacred Song for use in Sabbath Schools and Gospel Meetings #74

Gospel Hymns #d557

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Gospel Melodies and Evangelistic Hymns #160

Great Songs of the Church (Revised) #101

Hallowed Songs #d347

Hymn and Tune Book for the Church and the Home and Services for Congregational Worship. Rev. ed. #d734

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Hymn and Tune Book for the Church and the Home. (Rev. ed.) #8

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Hymn and Tune Book of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South (Round Note Ed.) #676

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Hymn and Tune Book, for the Church and the Home #4

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Hymn Book for Christian Worship #363

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Hymn Book for Christian Worship. 8th ed. #a363

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South #676

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