Let there be light

Author: James Lewis Milligan

Milligan, James Lewis. (Liverpool, England, February 1, 1876--May 1, 1961, Scarborough Township, York County, Ontario). Son of Anglican parents, his early and only formal education was obtained at Anglican schools. Going to work in the building trades at the age of twelve, he applied himself so assiduously to self-study he soon began contributing to London papers. In 1910 a collection of his verse was published by a London hour resulting in his receiving the Hemans Prize for Lyrical Poetry. The next year, with his family, he emigrated to Canada and became a pastor on the Methodist circuit in Hastings County, Ontario. He was, variously, an editor, editorial writer, publicity director, and author. Among his published works are The Beckoning S… Go to person page >

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First Line: When were laid the earth's foundations
Title: Let there be light
Author: James Lewis Milligan
Publication Date: 1952
Copyright: Words copyright, 1953, by the Hymn Society of America

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CWM RHONDDA

The popularity of Williams's text ("Guide me, O thou great Jehovah") is undoubtedly aided by its association with CWM RHONDDA, composed in 1905 by John Hughes (b. Dowlais, Glamorganshire, Wales, 1873; d. Llantwit Fardre, Wales, 1932) during a church service for a Baptist Cymanfa Ganu (song festival)…

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