dispelled is darkness.
The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light.
The light has shined on those
who lived in the land of the shadow of death.
You have multiplied the nation.
You have increased their joy.
They rejoice before you as at the harvest,
as men rejoice when they divide plunder.
For the yoke that burdened them,
and the staff on their shoulder,
the rod of their oppressor,
you have broken as in the day of Midian.
Photo: the Pillars of Creation (part of the Eagle Nebula)