In the beginning the whole world was gloomyAuthor (st. 1-6): Hanna Lam (1966); Author (st. 7): Sietze Buning (1982)
Tune: IN HET BEGIN
Published in 2 hymnals
Audio files: MIDI
|First Line:||In the beginning the whole world was gloomy|
|Title:||In the Beginning|
|Author (st. 7):||Sietze Buning (1982)|
|Author (st. 1-6):||Hanna Lam (1966)|
|Copyright:||Text and music © 1982 Paideia Press|
st. 1 = Gen. 1:1-5
st. 2 = Gen. 1:6-8
st. 3 = Gen. 1:9-13
st. 4 = Gen. 1:14-19
st. 5 = Gen. 1:20-25
st. 6 = Gen. 1:26-31
st. 7 = Gen. 2:1-3
Somewhat similar to Psalm 104, "In the Beginning" tells the creation story from Genesis 1 in verse form. The first six stanzas are devoted to the six days of creation. Stanza 7 focuses on the LORD's day of rest and turns this narrative song into a prayer for all of God's children. Stanzas 1-6 were originally written in Dutch by Hanna Lam and published in all four volumes of Alles wordt nieuw (1966-1978).
Johanna (Hanna) Lam (b. Utrecht, the Netherlands, 1928; d. Bunnik, the Netherlands, 1988) collaborated with composer Wim ter Burg in the writing of these popular collections of songs based on biblical teachings and stories. Lam received a degree in social education from the University of Amsterdam and was committed to preparing worship songs for children, particularly in congregations where her husband served as pastor in the Hervormde Kerk; their last parish was in the community of Bunnik. The songs were initially intended for children, but they have been widely accepted and sung by adults as well.
Stanley Wiersma (PHH 25), using the pen name Sietze Buning, translated the first volume into English in 1982 with the title All Will Be New. That same year, he also provided a new stanza 7 for the Psalter Hymnal.
Creation-story focus; prayer services for crops and industry; harvest thanksgiving. The prayer in stanza 7 is appropriate for Labor Day and many other occasions in Christian worship.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
|Instances (2)||First Line||Text Title||Refrain First Line||Authors||Composers||Meter||Scripture||Tune Title||Tune Key||Incipit||Languages||Publication Date|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #151||In the beginning the whole world was gloomy||In the Beginning||Sietze Buning; Hanna Lam||Bert Polman; Wim ter Burg||220.127.116.11||Genesis 1; Genesis 1:6||IN HET BEGIN||F Major||English||1987|
|Scripture Song Database #1799||[In the Beginning]||In the Beginning||John 1:16||2008|