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

James Montgomery (b. Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland, 1771; d. Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, 1854), the son of Moravian parents who died on a West Indies mission field while he was in boarding school, Montgomery inherited a strong religious bent, a passion for missions, and an independent mind. He was editor of the Sheffield Iris (1796-1827), a newspaper that sometimes espoused radical causes. Montgomery was imprisoned briefly when he printed a song that celebrated the fall of the Bastille and again when he described a riot in Sheffield that reflected unfavorably on a military commander. He also protested against slavery, the lot of boy chimney sweeps, and lotteries. Associated with Christians of various persuasions, Montgomery supported missio… 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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