Send down thy truth, O God

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1 Send down your truth, O God;
Too long the shadows frown!
Too long the darkened way we’ve trod:
Your truth, O Lord, send down.

2 Send down your Spirit free,
Till wilderness and town
One temple for your worship be:
Your Spirit, O send down.

3 Send down your love, your life,
Our lesser lives to crown,
And cleanse them of their hate and strife:
Your living love send down.

4 Send down your peace, O Lord,
Earth’s bitter voices drown
In one deep ocean of accord:
Your peace, O God, send down.


Source: The Worshipbook: Services and Hymns #566

Author: Edward Rowland Sill

Sill, Edward Rowland, b. at Windsor, Conn., April 29, 1841, and educated at Yale. He was Prof. of English Literature in the University of California, 1874-1882. He died at Cleveland, O., Feb. 27, 1887. His poetical works include The Hermitage, 1867, and Venus of Milo, 1883. Several of his pieces are in Horder's Treasury of American Sacred Song, 1896-1900. His hymn, "Send down Thy truth, O God" (For the outpouring of the Holy Spirit), in The Pilgrim Hymnal, 1904, is from The Hermitage, 1867. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)  Go to person page >

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First Line: Send down thy truth, O God
Author: Edward Rowland Sill


ST. THOMAS (Williams)

ST. THOMAS is actually lines 5 through 8 of the sixteen-line tune HOLBORN, composed by Aaron Williams (b. London, England, 1731; d. London, 1776) and published in his Collection (1763, 1765) as a setting for Charles Wesley's text "Soldiers of Christ, Arise" (570). The harmonization is by Lowell Maso…

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