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Amid the Thick Darkness That Mantled CreationJ. C. R.

Hymn NumberTuneComposer or SourceMeter
884EdgbastonS. Royle Shore (1856-1946)12.11.12.11.

1Amidst the thick darkness that mantled Creation,
The face of the waters lay hidden from sight,
All formless and void, till the Lord of Salvation
Awoke the first echoes with– “Let there be Light!”
2As ’gainst the proud billows the seamen were rowing
To bring their frail bark through the perils of night,
The Lord to them came o’er the waters, bestowing
The grace of His presence, and lo!– There was Light!
3No longer the earth in dark chaos is lying;
The sun’s golden rays flood the world with their light,
Yet, bathed in the glory, our brethren are dying,
As men who love sleep, in the darkness of night!
4Great Spirit of God, from the face of creation
Once more by Thy grace put the shadows to flight:
Vouchsafe to Thy people Thy mighty salvation–
Restore, and forgive them! O, let there be Light! Amen.
Genesis1:1-4,311 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. 3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. 31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
Joshua7:8O LORD, what shall I say, when Israel turneth their backs before their enemies!
Nehemiah4:17They which builded on the wall, and they that bare burdens, with those that laded, every one with one of his hands wrought in the work, and with the other hand held a weapon.
Psalm140:7O GOD the Lord, the strength of my salvation, thou hast covered my head in the day of battle.
Acts14:22Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.
Romans1:16For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
Romans8:37Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
1 Corinthians9:26I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:
1 Corinthians16:13Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.
2 Corinthians4:16For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
2 Corinthians7:5For, when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but we were troubled on every side; without were fightings, within were fears.
Philippians1:29For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;
1 Thessalonians5:5-85 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. 6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. 7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. 8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
1 Timothy6:11-1411 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. 12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. 13 I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession; 14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:
1 Timothy6:12Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
2 Timothy2:3Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
2 Timothy2:4No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
2 Timothy2:9Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound.
2 Timothy2:11,1211 It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: 12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:
2 Timothy3:12Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
2 Timothy4:6-86 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
2 Timothy4:7I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
Titus2:10Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.
James1:12Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
James4:4Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
Jude1:3Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
Revelation2:10Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
Revelation3:5He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

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