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As the light upon the river

As the light upon the river. Christopher Martin Idle* (1938- ). Written in January 1980 at Limehouse, east London. It was chosen as the ‘Jubilee’ hymn to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Anglican diocese of Southwark (that part of London south of the Thames). Idle had been at school in south London, and worked there in various capacities. It was published for the diocesan events in 1980, and subsequently in The Hymn (published by the Hymn Society of the United States and Canada). Among other books it is found in Praise! (2000), and in Come Celebrate (2009), edited by Michael Saward*. The original river was the Thames, but the hymn has been used in many other places. This hymn was the...

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