1 Come down, O love divine! Seek out this soul of mine
and visit it with your own ardor glowing:
O Comforter, draw near, within my heart appear,
and kindle it, your holy flame bestowing.
2 O let it freely burn, till earthly passions turn
to dust and ashes in its heat consuming;
and let your glorious light shine ever on my sight,
and make my pathway clear, by your illuming.
3 Let holy charity my outward vesture be,
and lowliness become my inner clothing;
true lowliness of heart which takes the humbler part,
and for its own shortcomings weeps with loathing.
4 And so the yearning strong with which the soul will long
shall far surpass the power of human telling;
for none can guess its grace till we become the place
in which the Holy Spirit makes his dwelling.
|First Line:||Come down, O Love divine|
|Title:||Come Down, O Love Divine!|
|Author:||Richard F. Littledale (1867)|
|Scripture:||Romans 5:5; 1 Corinthians 6:19; Ephesians 4:2; Acts 2:3; John 14:16-17; Psalm 119:105; Malachi 3:2-3; Colossians 3:14|
|Topic:||Holy Spirit: Comforter; Holy Spirit: Indweller|
|Source:||After Bianco da Siena, 15th C.; rev. Hymns for Today's Church, 1982|
|Copyright:||Words © 1982 Hope Publishing Company|
|Composer:||Ralph Vaughan Williams (1906)|
|Copyright:||Music used by permission of Oxford University Press|