After darkness, light
After darkness, light. Fred Pratt Green* (1903-2000).
Written for Seven Words from the Cross (1972), an unpublished cantata by Francis Westbrook*, the text appeared in Partners in Praise (1979), after The Methodist Recorder had printed this Easter hymn, inviting tunes for its unusual metre, 184.108.40.206. Two tunes were selected: it is normally sung to RIDGEWAY, by Brian R. Hoare*. It is a remarkable example of a modern hymn in simple rhythm, with sharp contrasts and oppositions, and economy of language. The paradox of death bringing life in stanza 1 is continued in stanza 2 with the juxtaposition of the words, ‘tomb’ and ‘love has overcome’, and the paradox in stanza 3 of ‘celebrate his death’...
Cite this article
If you have a valid subscription to Dictionary of Hymnology, please log inlog in to view this content. If you require a subscription, please click here.