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When Long Before Time (The Singer and the Song)

When long before time and the worlds were begun

Author: Peter W. A. Davison
Published in 6 hymnals

Full Text

1 When long before time and the worlds were begun,
when there was no earth and no sky and no sun,
and all was deep silence and night reigned supreme,
and even our Maker had only a dream -

2 - the silence was broken when God sang the song,
and light pierced the darkness and rhythm began,
and with its first birth-cries creation was born,
and creaturely voices sang praise to the morn.

3 The sounds of the creatures were one with their Lord's,
their harmonies sweet and befitting the word;
the Singer was pleased as the earth sang the song,
the choir of the creatures re-echoed it long.

4 Though, down through the ages, the song disappeared -
its harmonies broken and almost unheard -
the Singer comes to us to sing it again,
our God is with us in the world now as then.

5 The Light has returned as it came once before,
the song of the Lord is our own song once more,
so let us all sing with one heart and one voice
the Song of the Singer in whom we rejoice.

6 To you, God the Singer, our voices we raise,
to you, Song Incarnate, we give all our praise,
to you, Holy Spirit, our life and our breath,
be glory forever, through life and through death.

Source: Moravian Book of Worship #382

Author: Peter W. A. Davison

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Text Information

First Line: When long before time and the worlds were begun
Title: When Long Before Time (The Singer and the Song)
Author: Peter W. A. Davison
Language: English
Copyright: Text and tune © Peter W. A. Davison



Instances (1 - 6 of 6)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Common Praise (1998) #307
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #861
Hymns of Truth & Light #61
Moravian Book of Worship #382Text
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #248
With One Voice #799