Fire of God, Undying Flame

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1 Fire of God, undying flame,
Spirit who in splendor came,
Let your heat my soul refine,
till it glows with love divine.

2 Breath of God, that swept in power
in the Pentecostal hour,
Holy Breath, be now in me
source of vital energy.

3 Strength of God, your might within
conquers sorrow, pain, and sin.
Fortify from evil's art
all the gateways of my heart.

4 Truth of God, your piercing rays
penetrate my secret ways.
May the light that shames my sin
guide me holier paths to win.

5 Love of God, your grace profound
knows not either age or bound.
Come, my heart's own guest to be;
dwell forevermore in me.

Source: The New Century Hymnal #64

Author: Albert F. Bayly

Albert F. Bayly was born on Sep­tem­ber 6, 1901, Bex­hill on Sea, Sus­sex, Eng­land. He received his ed­u­cat­ion at Lon­don Un­i­ver­si­ty (BA) and Mans­field Coll­ege, Ox­ford. Bayly was a Congregationalist (later United Reformed Church) minister from the late 1920s until his death in 1984. His life and ministry spanned the Depression of the 1930s, the Second World War, and the years of reconstruction which followed. Af­ter re­tir­ing in 1971, he moved to Spring­field, Chelms­ford, and was ac­tive in the local Unit­ed Re­formed Church. He wrote sev­er­al pageants on mis­sion themes, and li­bret­tos for can­ta­tas by W. L. Lloyd Web­ber. He died on Ju­ly 26, 1984 in Chiches­ter, Sus­sex, Eng­land. NN,… Go to person page >

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First Line: Fire of God, undying flame
Title: Fire of God, Undying Flame
Author: Albert F. Bayly (1947)
Language: English
Copyright: Words © Oxford University Press



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