God said, Let there be light

God said, Let there be light

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 1 hymnal

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God said, "Let there be light!"
And light sprang forth, new born;
He spake, 'twas done,--primeval night
Brake into glorious morn.

Who then shall dare to say,
"Let there be darkness"--none
But ravening wolves that hate the day,
And owls that fear the sun.

Stars, from the solar fount,
Their borrow'd lustre draw;
Moses came radiant from the mount
To teach God's holy law.

Warm from the throne of grace,
Where we have learnt His will;
When we go forth may every face
Express His image still.

Light in the Lord are we,
While by His truth we stand,
Reflecting beams of Deity,
Like stars in His right hand.

So shall our schools be found
As gardens of the Lord,
And fruits of holiness abound,
Where'er we plant the Word.

Sacred Poems and Hymns

Author: James Montgomery

Montgomery, James, son of John Montgomery, a Moravian minister, was born at Irvine, Ayrshire, Nov. 4, 1771. In 1776 he removed with his parents to the Moravian Settlement at Gracehill, near Ballymena, county of Antrim. Two years after he was sent to the Fulneck Seminary, Yorkshire. He left Fulneck in 1787, and entered a retail shop at Mirfield, near Wakefield. Soon tiring of that he entered upon a similar situation at Wath, near Rotherham, only to find it quite as unsuitable to his taste as the former. A journey to London, with the hope of finding a publisher for his youthful poems ended in failure; and in 1792 he was glad to leave Wath for Shefield to join Mr. Gales, an auctioneer, bookseller, and printer of the Sheffield Register newspap… Go to person page >

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First Line: God said, Let there be light
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English


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