Christ is the World's True Light

Christ is the world’s true light, its captain of salvation, The day-star clear and bright of every race and nation; New life, new hope awakes, where’er we own his sway; Freedom her bondage breaks and night is turned to day. 2 In Christ all peoples meet, their ancient feuds forgetting, The whole round world complete, from sunrise to its setting: When Christ is throned as Lord, we shall forsake our fear, To ploughshare bear the sword, to pruning-hook the spear. 3 One Lord, in one great name unite us all who own thee; cast Out our pride and shame that hinder to enthrone thee. The world has waited long, has travailed long in pain, To heal its ancient wrong; come, Prince of Peace, and reign!
This hymn was written by English Anglican minister, educator and hymn writer George W. Briggs (1875-1959). It was first published in Songs of Praise (1931, Oxford University Press).

It is also known as "How Can Earth's Wounds Be Healed" and "The Light of the World". It has been translated into Welsh as Goleuni'r byd yw Crist.

With 6.7.6.7.6.6.6.6, tunes it is set to include
  • DARMSTADT, aka WAS FRAG ICH NACH DER WELT O GOTT DU FROMMER GOTT by Ahasuerus Fritsch (1629-1701)
  • ST. JOAN by Percy E. B. Coller (b 1895)
  • RINKART by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
There is also a popular choral arrangement by Walter K. Stanton (1891-1978).


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Examples

Church choir with organ, tune DARMSTADT:



Congregation with organ, tune ST JOAN:



Instrumental (organ), tune



Instrumental (piano), tune ST JOAN:



Choral setting - Staunton:


Lyrics

The lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they are currently available on this website. The hymn has three verses. A rough outline is:
Christ is the world’s true light, its captain of salvation ...

In Christ all peoples meet, their ancient feuds forgetting ...

One Lord, in one great name unite us all who own thee; cast ...

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