Giver of Rest

Come, Holy Spirit, calm my mind

Author (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.


Source: The Hymnal: published by the Authority of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. #59

Author (attributed to): John Stewart

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First Line: Come, Holy Spirit, calm my mind
Title: Giver of Rest
Author (attributed to): John Stewart (1803)
Source: Burder's Collection; Lock Chapel Collecton, 1803
Language: English


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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