688. Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart

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1 Spirit of God, descend upon my heart;
wean it from earth, through all its pulses move;
stoop to my weakness, mighty as thou art,
and make me love thee as I ought to love.

2 I ask no dream, no prophet ecstasies,
no sudden rending of the veil of clay,
no angel visitant, no opening skies;
but take the dimness of my soul away.

3 Hast thou not bid us love thee, God and King;
all, all thine own, soul, heart, and strength, and mind?
I see thy cross; there teach my heart to cling.
O let me seek thee, and O let me find!

4 Teach me to feel that thou art always nigh.
Teach me the struggles of the soul to bear,
to check the rising doubt, the rebel sigh.
Teach me the patience of unanswered prayer.

5 Teach me to love thee as thine angels love,
one holy passion filling all my frame;
the baptism of the heaven-descended Dove,
my heart an altar, and thy love the flame.

Text Information
First Line: Spirit of God, descend upon my heart
Title: Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart
Author: George Croly (1867)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: 10.10.10.10
Scripture: Deuteronomy 6:5; Job 32:8; Psalm 51:10-12; Psalm 145:18; Matthew 3:16; Matthew 7:7-8; Mark 1:10; Mark 12:30; Luke 3:22; Luke 10:27; Luke 11:9-10; Luke 18:1-8; John 1:32-33; Romans 5:5; Galatians 5:25-26; Ephesians 3:16
Topic: Dedication and Stewardship; Gift of the Holy Spirit; Living in Christ1 more...
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: MORECAMBE
Composer: Frederick Cook Atkinson (1870)
Meter: 10.10.10.10
Key: C Major


Text Information:

This reflection on Galatians 5:25 was written by a literary Anglican clergyman whose preaching drew people of many social classes to one of the formerly poorer London churches. The tune was created for “Abide with Me” (no. 836) but more often appears with the present text.


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