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The first creation of God in the works of the days was the light of the sense; the last was the light of the reason: and His Sabbath-work ever since is the illumination of the spirit.
      - Francis Bacon

  Boldly and wisely in that light thou hast--
    There is a hand above will help thee on.
      - Philip James Bailey

Corruption springs from light: 'tis one same power
  Creates, preserves, destroys; matter whereon
    It works, on e'er self-transmutative form,
      Common to now the living, now the dead.
      - Philip James Bailey, Festus
         (sc. Water and Wood)

No wonder that light is so frequently used by the sacred oracles as the symbol of our best blessings. Of the Gospel revelation one apostle says, "The night is far spent, and the day is at hand." Another, under the impression of the same auspicious event, thus applied the language of ancient prophecy: "The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up."
      - Baseley

And God said: Let there be light: and there was light.
      - Bible, Genesis (ch. I, v. 3)

And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
      - Bible, Genesis (ch. I, v. 5)

I will light in your heart the lamp of understanding, which shall not be put out until what you about to write is finished.
      - Bible, II Esdras (ch. XIV, v. 25)

That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
      - Bible, John (ch. I, v. 9)

As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
      - Bible, John (ch. IX, v. 5)

He was a burning and shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.
      - Bible, John (ch. V, v. 35)

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
      - Bible, John (ch. VIII, v. 12)

Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.
      - Bible, John (ch. XII, v. 35)

The light in the world comes principally from two sources,--the sun, and the student's lamp.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

Light is but the shadow of God.
      - Sir Thomas Browne

Misled by Fancy's meteor-ray,
  By passion driven;
    But yet the light that led astray,
      Was light from Heaven.
      - Robert Burns, The Vision

For I light my candle from their torches.
      - Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy
         (pt. III, sect. II, memb. 5, subsec. 1)

All human souls, never so bedarkened, love light; light once kindled, spreads till all is luminous.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Is not light grander than fire?
      - Thomas Carlyle

We should render thanks to God for having produced this temporal light, which is the smile of heaven and joy of the world, spreading it like a cloth of gold over the face of the air and earth, and lighting it as a torch by which we might behold His works.
      - Nicolas Caussin

Light, whether it be material or moral, is the best reformer.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

God said,--"Let there be light!"
  Grim darkness felt His might,
    And fled away;
      Then startled seas and mountains cold
        Shone forth, all bright in blue and gold,
          And cried--"'Tis day! 'tis day!"
            "Hail, holy light!" exclaim'd
              The thunderous cloud that flam'd
                O'er daisies white;
                  And lo! the rose, in crimson dress'd,
                    Lean'd sweetly on the lily's breast;
                      And blushing murmur'd--Light!"
      - Ebenezer Elliott ("The Corn Law Rhymer")

And as the eye is the best composer, so light is the first of painters. There is no object so foul that intense light will not make beautiful. And the stimulus it affords to the sense, and a sort of infinitude which it hath like space and time, make all matter gay.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

From within or from behind, a light shines through us upon things, and makes us aware that we are nothing, but the light is all.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Light is the first of painters. There is no object so foul that intense light will not make it beautiful.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature (ch. III)

Light (God's eldest daughter!)
      - Thomas Fuller (1), Holy and Profane States
         (bk. III, Of Building)

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