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O laughing light, O first-born of creation

O laughing light, O first-born of creation. Sylvia Dunstan* (1955-1993). Sylvia Dunstan describes how she came to pen this text in the notes published with the hymn in her collection entitled In Search of Hope and Grace: ‘Alan Barthel commanded me to write a fresh version of the ancient evening office hymn. I consulted lots of versions, both literal translations and metrical renderings, but was particularly caught by hilaron from which we derive hilarity and hilarious, and hence, laughing light.’ The hymn was first sung at a liturgical conference, ‘Word and Table’, sponsored by the National Worship Committee of the United Church of Canada at Mount Allison College, Nova Scotia, in 1987. It...

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