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Let there be you,
Let there be me.
Let there be oysters
Under the sea.

Let there be wind,
An occassional rain.
Chile con carne,
Sparkling champagne --

Let there be birds
To sing in the trees,
Someone to bless me
Whenever I sneeze.

Let there be cuckoos,
A lark and a dove,
But first of all, please --
Let there be love.

That's the song Let There Be Love, one of my favorite songs. But I don't really understand the meaning of "Let there be...". I am asking for an explanation. Please help me.

Thank you very much. [F]
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It is the equivalent of a "third-person command". Instead of "(you) be here on time" [2nd person] or "let's go to the movies tonight" [1st person plural], it is asking that someone else be allowed , or commanded, to do something.

Marie Antoinette is famous for her misquoted "let them eat cake". "Long live the king" is a 3rd person command.
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How about,

And let the music play / As long as there's a song to sing,
And I will stay younger than spring.

- This Is All I Ask, Gordon Jenkins

Or

And God said, "Let there be light."
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PhilipIt is the equivalent of a "third-person command". Instead of "(you) be here on time" [2nd person] or "let's go to the movies tonight" [1st person plural], it is asking that someone else be allowed , or commanded, to do something.

Marie Antoinette is famous for her misquoted "let them eat cake". "Long live the king" is a 3rd person command.

Thanks for your help, Philip. Emotion: smile
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