Come, Holy Spirit, calm my mindAuthor (attributed to): John Stewart (1803)
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1 Come, Holy Spirit, calm my mind,
And fit me to approach my God;
Remove each vain, each worldly thought,
And lead me to Thy blest abode.
2 Hast Thou imparted to my soul
A living spark of heavenly fire?
O kindle now the sacred flame;
Teach it to burn with pure desire.
3 Impress upon my wandering mind
The love that Christ for sinners bore;
And give a new, a contrite heart,
A heart, the Saviour to adore.
4 A brighter faith and hope impart,
And let me now the Saviour see:
O soothe and cheer my burdened heart,
And bid my spirit rest in Thee.
This hymn has been wrongly attributed to George Burder, according to Odenheimer and Bird in Songs of the Spirit: hymns of prayer and praise to God the Holy Ghost, 1871. Their source was a Mr. Sedgewick. Duffield in English Hymns: Their Authors and History, 1866 gives the source as D. Sedgwick.
Come, Holy Spirit, calm my [our] mind. [Whitsuntide]. We have traced this hymn to A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the use of the Lock Chapel, 1803, where it is the first hymn to be sung before Divine Service, in 3 stanzas of 4 lines. In Bickersteth's Christian Psalmody, 1833, it has an additional stanza, and in this form it is repeated in the Eng. Presbyterian Church Praise, 1883. It is sometimes attributed to "John Stewart;" but we have failed to find authority for the statement. The 3 stanza form of the text is given in Common Praise, 1879, as by “Browne." This we regard as an error. [William T. Brooke]
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)
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