Born is the Light of the World
“…I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”
John 8:12, KJV
About the Song
Here’s an example of something I love to do. It was Christmas time, and I was looking at a beautiful painting of the Christ Child and His mother. (Since I’m writing this some years later, I don’t remember which one!) The artist used light to surround Jesus’ head, and to illuminate Mary’s face beautifully, and as I focused on the areas of light, I began to simply describe the painting in this lyric. Thus, the “starlight of silver,” the “halo of gold,” and the radiance of the Baby shining on the face of His mother.
The obbligato for the original version was written for the Solo. It will also work with the SATB anthem version, but the measure numbers won’t be the same, since the obbligato doesn’t use a DS and Coda. Just keep that in mind as you practice, and you should be fine.
For years I wanted a solo version with a gentler accompaniment, and in 2020 I finally got around to writing one. The harmony used in the recording is included on a separate score.
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Recording featuring vocals by James Loynes:
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Beautiful child all aglow in the candlelight
See how he sleeps in a poor manger bed
Beautiful child! How the heavens adorn him
Starlight of silver
And halo of gold ’round his head
Angels on high are singing all, “Gloria!”
Let earth in reply sing “Gloria!
Gloria in excelsis deo!”
In the dark of the night
Born is the Light of the world
Beautiful child in the arms of his mother
Come see how his radiance shines in her face
Beautiful child who dispels all our darkness
Bright in his glory
Alight with the Father’s own grace
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