Christ My Song - 1135
The earth was without form and void - "Let There Be Light"
(Hannah K. Burlingham/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
"Let There Be Light."
"God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ."
(2 Corinthians 4,6)
2. And there was light: his word of power,
by which the heavens were made,
thrilled through that silent, wondrous hour;
creation heard – obeyed.
3. God, who, when darkness held full sway,
thus bid the light to shine,
hath in our hearts shed brightest day,
hath given us light divine.
4. The glorious Gospel of his Christ,
our opened ears have heard;
for God his new creation forms
by that same living word.
5. Now, 'mid earth's solemn second night
of ever deepening gloom,
we wait a burst of heavenly light:
the Lord himself shall come.
6. Soon shall the trump of God be heard;
the dead in Christ shall rise;
we, caught up with him, at his word,
shall meet him in the skies.
7. Soon shall the shadows flee away
before that dawning bright:
soon shall we dwell in cloudless day,
God and the Lamb our Light.
Hannah K. Burlingham, Wayside Songs, 1901, 102-103.