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Christ is the world's Light, he and none other

Christ is the world's Light, he and none other. Fred Pratt Green* (1903-2000). The hymn is interesting technically because of its adaptation of the Sapphic verse form (see ‘metra’*). It was written at the request of the committee preparing Hymns and Songs (1969), the supplement to MHB, and first sung at Vale Royal Methodist Church, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, in September 1968. It was written for the tune CHRISTE SANCTORUM (Paris Antiphoner, 1681) which required the metre 11.11.11.5. Pratt Green used a metre of 10.11.11.6. which can be made to fit the tune. The hymn was described by Erik Routley* as 'perhaps the most immediately successful hymn of the recent wave of modern hymn-writing in...

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