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Arise, Shine, for Your Light Is Come

Behold, darkness shall cover the earth

Paraphraser: David Loden (1974)
Tune: ARISE, SHINE (Glass)
Published in 3 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI, Recording

Paraphraser: David Loden

Pseudonym: Eric Glass Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Behold, darkness shall cover the earth
Title: Arise, Shine, for Your Light Is Come
Paraphraser: David Loden (1974)
Meter: Irregular
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Arise, shine, for your light is come
Copyright: ©1995 Warner/Chappell Music Canada Ltd. , admin. Alfred Music Publishing Co., Inc.


Scripture References:
st. 1 = Isa. 60:2
st. 2 = Isa. 60:3, 14b
st. 3 = Isa. 60:4
st. 4 = Isa. 60:5
st. 5 = Isa. 60: 19-20
ref. = Isa. 60: 1

Isaiah 60, the text for "Arise, Shine," concerns the glory of Zion, that is, Jerusalem and all of Israel. Many interpreters also understand the chapter to be a far-reaching prophecy, similar to passages in Revelation that describe the new Jerusalem. With New Testament eyes we can catch a glimpse of the new city of God and of the glory of a new heaven and a new earth. Parts of this song also have ongoing significance–for example, the ingathering of the church mentioned in stanzas 2 and 3. As is common with prophetic texts, parts are fulfilled already, but other parts (and sometimes even the same parts) will have their final fulfillment sometime in the future. The prophecy mentioned in stanza 1, for example, is fulfilled at the first coming of Christ but waits for its final completion at his second coming.

Composed by Eric Glass (a pseudonym for David Loden) in 1974, this song gained rightful popularity after being published in Cry Hosanna (1980) with instructions for hand gestures. The text, originally based on the King James Version, was revised for the Psalter Hymnal. The text is unrhymed and metrically irregular but not as difficult to sing as it first appears on the printed page. Little is known about the composer, who apparently lives in Israel.

Liturgical Use:
Advent; Epiphany; also for services focusing on missions, the church worldwide, and the new Jerusalem.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook



The tune ARISE, SHINE is Israeli in character, moving with speech-like rhythms on the stanzas. The basic and regular half-note movement of the melody contains many repeated notes according to the varying numbers of syllables in the text. Dale Grotenhuis (PHH 4) prepared the harmonization. Have a can…

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