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O gladsome light

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The text of this piece is one of the earliest of all Christian hymns, described by St Basil in the fourth century as old and anonymous. It became known as ‘the candle-lighting hymn’ because it was sung at Vespers as candles were lit to symbolise Christ as the light of the world. Robert Bridges’ metrical, rhymed translation (the original Greek hymn was not metrical or in rhyme) appeared in The English Hymnal in 1906. It was probably that hymnal’s musical editor, Vaughan Williams, who wedded the text to the Louis Bourgeois psalm-tune in Claude Goudimel’s harmonization of 1551.

from notes by Collegium Records © 2006


Lighten our Darkness
COLCD131Download only


Track 9 on COLCD131 CD1 [1'54] Download only

Track-specific metadata for COLCD131 disc 1 track 9

Recording date
1 January 2006
Recording venue
Ely Cathedral, United Kingdom
Recording producer
David Millinger
Recording engineer
David Millinger
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  1. Lighten our Darkness (COLCD131)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: October 2006
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