Come, blessed Spirit, source of light

Come, blessed Spirit, source of light

Author: Benjamin Beddome
Published in 118 hymnals

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1. Come, blessèd Spirit! Source of light,
Whose power and grace are unconfined,
Dispel the gloomy shades of night,
The thicker darkness of the mind.

2. To mine illumined eyes, display
The glorious truth Thy Word reveals;
Cause me to run the heavenly way,
Thy book unfold, and loose the seals.

3. Thine inward teachings make me know
The mysteries of redeeming love,
The vanity of things below,
And excellence of things above.

4. While through this dubious maze I stray,
Spread, like the sun, Thy beams abroad,
To show the dangers of the way,
And guide my feeble steps to God.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #768

Author: Benjamin Beddome

Benjamin Beddome was born at Henley-in Arden, Warwickshire, January 23, 1717. His father was a Baptist minister. He studied at various places, and began preaching in 1740. He was pastor of a Baptist society at Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, until his death in 1795. In 1770, he received the degree of M.A. from the Baptist College in Providence, Rhode Island. He published several discourses and hymns. "His hymns, to the number of 830, were published in 1818, with a recommendation from Robert Hall." Montgomery speaks of him as a "writer worthy of honour both for the quantity and the quality of his hymns." --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872.… Go to person page >

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First Line: Come, blessed Spirit, source of light
Author: Benjamin Beddome

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Come, blessed Spirit, Source of light. B. Beddome. [Holy Spirit.] This hymn is given in his Sermons, 1816, vol. iv., and in his (posthumous) Hymns, 1817, No. 136, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines, and in each instance it is undated. It is found in extensive use in American hymn-books in two forms; first the original, as in Dr. Hatfield's Church Hymn Book, 1872 (where it is dated 1770); and 2nd changed from L.M. to S.M. in the Methodist Episcopal Hymns, 1849, “Come, Spirit, source of light." [William T. Brooke]

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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FEDERAL STREET

Henry Kemble Oliver (b. Beverly, MA, 1800; d. Salem, MA, 1885) composed FEDERAL STREET in 1832, possibly as an imitation of earlier psalm tunes in long meter. He took it to a music class taught by Lowell Mason (who may have contributed to the harmony); Mason (PHH 96) published it in his Boston Acade…

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WAREHAM (Knapp)

William Knapp (b. Wareham, Dorsetshire, England, 1698; d. Poole, Dorsetshire, 1768) composed WAREHAM, so named for his birthplace. A glover by trade, Knapp served as the parish clerk at St. James's Church in Poole (1729-1768) and was organist in both Wareham and Poole. Known in his time as the "coun…

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