Again the Lord of Light and Life

Again the Lord of life and light

Author: Anna Letitia Barbauld
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1 Again the Lord of life and light
Awakes the kindling ray,
Unseals the eyelids of the morn,
And pours increasing day.

2 O what a night was that which wrapt
A heathen world in gloom!
O what a Sun which broke this day
Triumphant from the tomb!

3 The powers of darkness leagued in vain
To bind our Lord in death;
He shook their kingdom when He fell,
By His expiring breath.

4 And now His conquering chariot-wheels
Ascend the lofty skies;
Broken beneath His powerful Cross,
Death's iron sceptre lies.

5 This day be grateful homage paid,
And loud Hosannas sung;
Let gladness dwell in every heart,
And praise on every tongue.

6 Ten thousand differing voices join
To hail this welcome morn,
Which scatters blessings from its wings
On nations yet unborn.

Hymnal: according to the use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, 1871

Author: Anna Letitia Barbauld

Barbauld, Anna Laetitia, née Aikin, daughter of the Rev. John Ailrin, D.D., a dissenting minister, was b. at Kibworth-Harcourt, Leicestershire, June 20, 1743. In 1753 Dr. Aikin became classical tutor at a dissenting academy at Warrington. During her residence there she contributed five hymns to Dr. W. Enfield's Hymns for Public Worship, &c, Warrington, 1772. In the following year these were included in her Poems, Lond., J. Johnson, 1773. In May, 1774, Miss Aikin was married to the Rev. Rochemont Barbauld, a descendant of a French Protestant family, and a dissenting minister. For some years Mr. Barbauld conducted, in addition to his pastoral work, a boarding school at Palgrave, Suffolk. From this he retired in 1785. In 1786 he undertook t… Go to person page >

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First Line: Again the Lord of life and light
Title: Again the Lord of Light and Life
Author: Anna Letitia Barbauld
Source: Hymns for Public Worship, by Dr. W. Enfield (Warrington, England: 1772).
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Again the Lord of life and light. Anna L.Barbauld, née Aikin. [Easter.] Contributed to Dr. W. Enfield's Hymns for Public Worship, &c, Warrington, 1772, No. LX., in 11 stanzas of 4 lines and appointed "For Easter Sunday." In the following year it was republished in Mrs. Barbauld's (then Miss Aikin) Poems, London, J. Johnson, 1773, pp. 118-120, with alterations, and with the same title as in Dr. Enfield's Hymns, &c. In his Collection of 1812 Dr. Collyer divided the hymn into two parts, Pt. i. being st. i.-iv., and Pt. ii. st. v.-ix., and xi., st. x. being omitted. This second part, as hymn 688, opened with:— "Jesus, the Friend of human kind." It has, however, fallen out of use. Of the centos which have been compiled from the original, there are in common use:—

1. In Mercer, first edition 1854, st. i., ii., vi., viii., iii., iv., from Cotterill's Selection, 8th ed. 1819; Mont¬gomery's Christian Psalmist, and other collections.
2. In Hymnal Companion and others : st. i., ii., vi., iii., and iv., from Bickersteth's Christian Psalmody, 1833; Gurney's Lutterworth Collection, 1838, and Marylebone Collection, 181
3. In Society Promoting Christian Knowledge Psalms & Hymns, 1852 and 1869, the same as No. 2, with the addition of a doxology.
4. In the Baptist Psalms & Hymns, 1858 and 1880, st. i.-iv., Pt. i. from Dr. Collyer's Collection as above.
5. In the Islington Psalms & Hymns. 1830-62, Kennedy, 1863, as:— "This day be grateful homage paid," being st. iii., ii., iv., vi., viii., ix. The hymn in various forms is also in considerable use in America.

These facts will indicate the extent to which the original has been used, specially when it is remembered that these centos are repeated in many collections not indicated above. The full original text is given in Lyra Brittanica 1867, pp. 35-36, and Lord Selborne's Book of Praise, 1862, pp. 61-62. The second cento has been rendered into Latin as:—
Ecce! iterum Dominus vitae lucisque revelat, by the Rev. R. Bingham, and included in his Hymnologie Christiana Latina, 1871, pp. 85-87.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)




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