Thou, Whose Almighty Word   4 comments

Above:  St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, Hamilton, Georgia, June 19, 2011 (Trinity Sunday)

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta


Hymn Source = The New Psalms and Hymns (1901), of the Presbyterian Church in the United States

Words (circa 1813) by John Marriott (1780-1825), a priest of The Church of England

Marriott was a good friend of the novelist Sir Walter Scott.  Unfortunately for Marriott,

In 1824, he was attacked by ossification of the brain.

–page 422, Handbook to The Church Hymnary, edited by James Moffatt  (London:  Oxford University Press, 1927)

Publication of all Marriott’s hymns occurred after he died.


1.  Thou, whose almighty word

Chaos and darkness heard,

And took their flight;

Hear us, we humbly pray,

And where the Gospel’s ray

Sheds not its glorious ray,

Let there be light!

2.  Thou, who didst come to bring

On Thy redeeming wing

Healing and sight,

Health to the sick in mind,

Sight to the inly blind,

O now, to all mankind,

Let there be light!

3.  Spirit of truth and love,

Life-giving, holy Dove,

Speed forth Thy flight,

Move o’er the waters’ face,

Bearing the lamp of grace,

And in earth’s darkest place,

Let there be light!

4.  Holy and blessed Three,

Glorious Trinity,

Wisdom, Love, Might;

Boundless as ocean’s tide

Rolling in fullest pride,

Through the world, far and wide,

Let there be light!

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