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Famous Let There Be Light Poems by Famous Poets

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by Swinburne, Algernon Charles
...t the Dawn a message in thine ear?
Though thou be stone and sleep, yet shalt thou hear
When the word falls from heaven--Let there be light.
Thou knowest we would not do thee the despite
To wake thee while the old sorrow and shame were near;
We spake not loud for thy sake, and for fear
Lest thou shouldst lose the rest that was thy right,
The blessing given thee that was thine alone,
The happiness to sleep and to be stone:
Nay, we kept silence of thee for thy sake
Albeit we...Read More

by Robinson, Edwin Arlington
...he night is coming, 
And there will soon be darkness all around you.
Let us go down where Martha waits for us, 
And let there be light shining in this house.” 

He rose, but Mary would not let him go: 
“Martha, when she came back from here, said only 
That she heard nothing. And have you no more
For Mary now than you had then for Martha? 
Is Nothing, Lazarus, all you have for me? 
Was Nothing all you found where you have been? 
If that be so, what is there worse t...Read More

by Dyke, Henry Van
...u draw no quiet breath, 
Until the madness you began
Is ended, and long-suffering man,
Set free from war lords, cries, "Let there be Light."...Read More

by Lanier, Sidney
...ver beginning
 And time is done.

There light eternal is over
 Chaos and night:
Singing with dawn lips for ever,
 “Let there be light!”

There too for ever in twilight
 Time slips away,
Closing in darkness and rapture
 Its awful day....Read More

by Milton, John
...; the rest to several place 
Disparted, and between spun out the air; 
And Earth self-balanced on her center hung. 
Let there be light, said God; and forthwith Light 
Ethereal, first of things, quintessence pure, 
Sprung from the deep; and from her native east 
To journey through the aery gloom began, 
Sphered in a radiant cloud, for yet the sun 
Was not; she in a cloudy tabernacle 
Sojourned the while. God saw the light was good; 
And light from darkness by the hemis...Read More

by Milton, John
...e blaze of noon, 
Irrecoverably dark, total Eclipse
Without all hope of day!
O first created Beam, and thou great Word,
Let there be light, and light was over all;
Why am I thus bereav'd thy prime decree?
The Sun to me is dark
And silent as the Moon,
When she deserts the night
Hid in her vacant interlunar cave.
Since light so necessary is to life, 
And almost life itself, if it be true
That light is in the Soul,
She all in every part; why was the sight
To such a tender ba...Read More

by Swinburne, Algernon Charles
All the dead quick, all the bond free;
In the blind eyes let there be sight;
In the eighteen centuries of the night
Let there be light.

Bow down the beauty of thine head,
Sweet, and with lips of living breath
Kiss thy sons sleeping and thy dead,
That there be no more sleep or death.
Give us thy light, thy might, thy love,
Whom thy face seen afar above
Drew to thy feet; and when, being free,
Thou hast blest thy children born to thee,
Bless also me.

Me that wh...Read More

by Paterson, Andrew Barton
...-line, stirs softly the curtain of night; 
And far from behind the enshrouded horizon 
Comes the voice of a God saying "Let there be light." 

And lo, there is light! Evanescent and tender, 
It glows ruby-red where 'twas now ashen-grey; 
And purple and scarlet and gold in its splendour -- 
Behold, 'tis that marvel, the birth of a day!...Read More

by Vaughan, Henry
...ld what mists eclipse the day:
How dark it is! shed down one ray
To guide us out of this sad night,
And say once more, "Let there be light."...Read More

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord
...Were you sick, ourself 
Would tend upon you. To your question now, 
Which touches on the workman and his work. 
Let there be light and there was light: 'tis so: 
For was, and is, and will be, are but is; 
And all creation is one act at once, 
The birth of light: but we that are not all, 
As parts, can see but parts, now this, now that, 
And live, perforce, from thought to thought, and make 
One act a phantom of succession: thus 
Our weakness somehow shapes the shadow,...Read More

by Wheatley, Phillis of the Maker's plan.
The pow'r the same that forms a ray of light,
That call d creation from eternal night.
"Let there be light," he said: from his profound
Old Chaos heard, and trembled at the sound:
Swift as the word, inspir'd by pow'r divine,
Behold the light around its Maker shine,
The first fair product of th' omnific God,
And now through all his works diffus'd abroad.
As reason's pow'rs by day our God disclose,
So we may trace him in the night's repose:
S...Read More

by Poe, Edgar Allan
Of all who, on Despair's unhallowed bed
Lying down to die, have suddenly arisen
At thy soft-murmured words, "Let there be light!"
At the soft-murmured words that were fulfilled
In the seraphic glancing of thine eyes-
Of all who owe thee most- whose gratitude
Nearest resembles worship- oh, remember
The truest- the most fervently devoted,
And think that these weak lines are written by him-
By him who, as he pens them, thrills to think
His spirit is communing with an ...Read More

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