Thy Strong Word Did Cleave the Darkness

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1 Thy strong word did cleave the darkness;
At thy speaking it was done;
For created light we thank thee,
While thine ordered seasons run:
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Praise to thee, who light dost send!
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Alleluia without end!

2 Lo, on men who dwelt in darkness,
Dark as night and deep as death,
Broke the light of thy salvation,
Breathed thine own life-breathing breath:
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Praise to thee who light dost send!
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Alleluia without end!

3 Thy strong word bespeaks us righteous;
Bright with thine own holiness,
Glorious now, we press toward glory,
And our lives our hopes confess:
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Praise to thee who light dost send!
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Alleluia without end!

4 From the cross thy wisdom shining
Breaketh forth in conquering might;
From the cross forever beameth
All thy bright redeeming light:
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Praise to thee who light dost send!
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Alleluia without end!

5 Give us lips to sing thy glory,
Tongues thy mercy to proclaim,
Throats that shout the hope that fills us,
Mouths to speak thy holy name.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
May the light which thou dost send
Fill our songs with alleluias,
Alleluias without end!

6 God the Father, Light-Creator,
To thee laud and honor be.
To thee, Light of Light begotten,
Praise be sung eternally;
Holy Spirit, Light-Revealer,
Glory, glory be to thee;
Men and angels, now and ever
Praise the Holy Trinity. Amen.

Source: Worship Supplement #747

Author: Martin H. Franzmann

Born: January 29, 1907, Lake City, Minnesota. Died: March 28, 1976, Cambridge, England.  Go to person page >

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Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #280
Common Praise (1998) #369
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #72
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #511
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #381
Lutheran Service Book #578
Lutheran Worship #328
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Small Church Music #2633Audio
Worship (3rd ed.) #511
Include 3 pre-1979 instances



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