Gracious Spirit, dwell with meAuthor: Thomas T. Lynch (1855)
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1 Gracious Spirit, dwell with me,
I would gracious be;
help me know Thy grace to see,
I would be like Thee;
and, with words that help and heal,
Thy life would mine reveal;
and, with actions, bold and meek
for Christ my Savior speak.
2 Truthful Spirit, dwell with me,
I would truthful be;
help me now Thy truth to see,
I would be like Thee;
and, with wisdom kind and clear,
Thy life in mine appear;
and, with actions lovingly,
speak Christ's sincerity.
3 Holy Spirit, dwell with me,
I would holy be;
show thy mercy tenderly,
make me more like thee;
separate from sin I would
and cherish all things good,
and whatever I can be
give Him who gave me Thee.
4 Mighty Spirit, dwell with me,
I would mighty be,
help me now thy power to see,
I would be like Thee;
'gainst all weapons hell can wield,
be Thou my strength and shield;
let Thy word my weapon be,
Lord, Thine the victory.
Source: Celebrating Grace Hymnal #236
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A century ago, Christians took their hymns very seriously. So seriously that the publication of Thomas Toke Lynch's (1818-1871) little hymnbook, The Rivulet 1855 ("for Christian poetry is indeed a river of life, and to this river my rivulet brings its contribution"), almost split the Congregational Church. The "Rivulet Controversy," as it was called, centered around Lynch's frequent references to nature in his hymn texts, but the controversy was probably exacerbated by his fresh poetic style. The great hymnologist, John Julian, says, "Lynch's hymns are marked by intense individuality, gracefulness and felicity of diction, picturesqueness, spiritual freshness, and the sadness of a powerful soul struggling with a weak and emaciated body." Though the booklet was meant simply as an in-church supplement to Isaac Watt's popular hymnbook, the controversy spilled beyond his own church's walls and provoked the likes of Spurgeon to condemn him for promoting bad theology.
While "Gracious Spirit, Dwell with Me" does not contain examples of his controversial nature imagery, it has been accused of promoting the "human spirit" rather than the Holy Spirit. In light of the third verse's prayer for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and the hymn's overall concentration on the fruits of the Spirit, these criticisms are unfounded. Lynch's life also bears the mark of the Spirit; in the middle of these turbulent times he said, "The air will be all the clearer for this storm. We must conquer our foes by suffering them to crucify us rather than by threatening them with crucifixion." Although this trial did nothing to shake his faith, his health suffered significantly, and it is thought that it contributed to his early death.
The tune, REDHEAD 76, is given its name because it was the 76th tune in Richard Redhead's (1820-1901) Church Hymn Tunes. Redhead was trained as a chorister at Magdalene College, Oxford, and though he was a reputable organist, he is chiefly remembered as one of the key figures in the Oxford "Gregorian Revival." REDHEAD 76 is probably best known as the tune to "Go to Dark Gethsemane," and is therefore often referred to as "GETHSEMANE;" but has also been called "PETRA" (rock) for its association with the text "Rock of Ages." --Greg Scheer, 1997
Gracious Spirit, dwell with me. T. T. Lynch. [Whitsuntide.] First published in his work, The Rivulet, a Contribution to Sacred Song, 1855, p. 79, in 6 stanzas of 6 lines. It was brought into congregational use through the Baptist Psalms & Hymns, 1858. From that date it has steadily increased in popularity in Great Britain and America, and is given in full or in part in numerous hymn-books, especially those in use by Nonconformists.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Instances (1 - 13 of 13)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Celebrating Grace Hymnal #236||Gracious Spirit, Dwell with Me||Gracious Spirit, dwell with me, I would gracious be||ADORO TE DEVOTE||Thomas Toke Lynch||22.214.171.124||2010||God the Spirit | Actions; Commitment | ; Holy Spirit ||
|Chalice Hymnal #266||Gracious Spirit, Dwell with Me||Gracious Spirit, dwell with me||LUX PRIMA||Thomas T. Lynch||77.77.77||1995||The Holy Spirit | Gifts of the Spirit; God Present in the Holy Spirit | Gifts of the Spirit; Empowerment | ; Prayer | ; Holy Spirit ||
|Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #286||Gracious Spirit, dwell with me||Gracious Spirit, dwell with me||WELLS, WELLSPRING||Thomas T. Lynch||1983|
|Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #234||Gracious Spirit, Dwell with Me||Gracious Spirit, dwell with me||REDHEAD NO. 76||Thomas T. Lynch, 1818-1871||126.96.36.199.7.7||Acts 2:38||2007||Guidance | ; Holy Spirit ||
|Sing Joyfully #149||Gracious Spirit, Dwell with Me||Gracious Spirit, dwell with me||[Gracious Spirit, dwell with me]||Thomas T. Lynch||1989|
|Small Church Music #317||Dix||Gracious Spirit, dwell with me||DIX||Thomas T. Lynch||188.8.131.52.7.7|
|Small Church Music #2266||Cassel||Gracious Spirit, dwell with me||CASSEL||Thomas T. Lynch||184.108.40.206.7.7|
|Small Church Music #2498||Ajalon/Redhead/Petra||Gracious Spirit, dwell with me||AJALON (REDHEAD) (PETRA)||Thomas T. Lynch||220.127.116.11.7.7|
|Small Church Music #6174||慈仁圣灵歌 (Gracious Spirit, dwell with me!)||慈仁圣灵歌 (Gracious Spirit, dwell with me!)||PALGRAVE||18.104.22.168.7.7|
|The Christian Life Hymnal #227||Gracious Spirit, dwell with me!||Gracious Spirit, dwell with me!||Redhead 76 (Gethsemane)||2006|
|The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #277||Gracious Spirit, Dwell with Me||Gracious Spirit, dwell with me||REDHEAD NO. 76||Thomas Toke Lynch, 1818-1871||22.214.171.124.7.7.||John 14:16-17; 1 Corinthians 6:19||1996||Empowerment | ; Nurturing and Renewing | ; Pentecost | Holy Spirit; Set Apart for Holiness ||
|The Cyber Hymnal #2043||Gracious Spirit, Dwell with Me||Gracious Spirit, dwell with me||REDHEAD||Thomas T. Lynch||77.77.77|
|Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #335||Gracious Spirit, Dwell with Me||Gracious Spirit, dwell with me||REDHEAD 76||Thomas Toke Lynch||126.96.36.199.7.7.||Ezekiel 36:27; Galatians 5:16-25||1990|