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Thou, whose almighty word

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1 Thou, whose 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 Thou, who didst come to bring
on thy redeeming wing
healing and sight,
health to the sick in mind,
sight to the inly blind,
O now to all mankind
let there be light.

3 Spirit of truth and love,
life-giving, holy Dove,
speed forth thy 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 blessèd Three,
glorious Trinity,
Wisdom, Love, Might;
boundless as ocean's tide
rolling in fullest pride,
through the earth far and wide
let there be light.

Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #810

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 >


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)



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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FIAT LUX (Dykes)



The Cyber Hymnal #6700
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Instances (1 - 32 of 32)

Ambassador Hymnal #316


Ancient and Modern #810

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

Catholic Book of Worship III #513

Church Family Worship #416

Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #324


Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #112

Common Praise (1998) #560

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Common Praise #267

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Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #684

Complete Mission Praise #699

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Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #202

Evangelical Lutheran Worship #673

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Gather (3rd ed.) #561

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Hymnal 1982 #371

Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #180

Hymns and Psalms #29


Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #506

Hymns Old and New #514


Lutheran Worship #317

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Moravian Book of Worship #380

Sing Glory #597

Singing the Faith #106

The Baptist Hymnal #207

The Book of Hymns (A fresh anthology of favourite hymns) #25

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The Christian Life Hymnal #5


The Cyber Hymnal #6700

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The New English Hymnal #466


The Song Book of the Salvation Army #224


Together in Song #447

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Voices United #313


Worship (3rd ed.) #486

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