Something Which is Known

This song for both Christmas and Easter was based on 1 John:1 - though it also contains other scriptural references. It was written by Gregory Norbet, and is today copyright to the monks of Weston Priory.

The tune is un-named. It has a 4/4 time signature and was originally published in the key of Ab, in which the first few notes are A A A A, A G F. Sheet music is currently available for free download (link below) from the Weston Priory website.


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The composer with congregation - self accompanied on keyboard

Duet, unaccompanied:

Solo singer with backing:


The lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they are currently available here - complements of Weston Priory.

The song starts with a chorus (Alleluia, repeated 4 times) and this is sung after each of the verses. A rough outline is:
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia

1 Something which is known
To have been from the beginning:
.... The Word who is life, this we share with you.

2 This is the life of our God, so gracious,
... Alive in God’s own spirit.

3 He it is in whom we have found
...the fullness of our joy.

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Chorus: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia
1. Something which is known
to have been from the beginning:
this we have heard and seen with our own eyes;
something we have touched
and have carefully watched:
the Word who is life, this we share with you.

2. This is the life of our God, so gracious,
Word become flesh:
there is no greater wonder.
All that we have witnessed became new vision:
this our hope for you,
alive in God’s own spirit.

3. He it is in whom we have found
the light of truth,
source of our hope, abiding gift of God’s love.
Through that love we pass and are born in life unending:
Jesus, our Lord,
the fullness of our joy.


  1. Where can I find this with keyboard accompaniment?

  2. The refrain starts after verse 1 not before.