"I sees de light en I sees de word"

God creating light; Woodcut for
Public DomainGod creating light; Woodcut for "Die Bibel in Bildern", 1860. - Credit: Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld

This echoes a refrain which runs through the Bible. For example, the Gospel of John begins, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men” (John 1.1-4).