Spirit divine, attend our prayersAuthor: Andrew Reed (1829)
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1 Spirit divine, inspire our prayer
and make our hearts your home;
descend with all your gracious power;
come, Holy Spirit, come!
2 Come as the light; reveal our need,
our hidden failings show,
and lead us in those paths of life
where all on the righteous go.
3 Come as the fire and clean our hearts
with purifying flame;
let our whole soul an offering be
to our Redeemer's name.
4 Come as the dove and spread your wings,
the wings of peace and love,
until your church on earth below
joins with your church above.
Source: Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #617
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st. 1 = Rom. 8:26, Eph. 3:16
st. 2 = John 16:13
st. 3 = Ps. 51:10-12, Ezek. 36:26, Acts 2:2-3
Although the text was written by Andrew Reed (b. St. Clement Danes, London, England, 1787; d. Hackney, London, 1862), it was published anonymously in the Evangelical Magazine, June 1829, with the heading "Hymn to the Spirit, Sung on the late Day appointed for solemn Prayer and Humiliation." The "late Day" referred to Good Friday of that year, which had been set aside by the Congregational clergy of London for prayer for "the renewal of religion in the British churches." The original text began "Spirit divine, attend our prayers" and had seven stanzas (st. 7 was a virtual repeat of st. 1), His stanzas 1-3 and 6 are included in modernized form.
The text begins with a prayer for the working of the Holy Spirit in our hearts (st. 1). It then uses the metaphors of light, fire, and the dove to enable us to see the Spirit's work more clearly: "Come as the light" is a prayer for illumination (st. 2); "Come as the fire" is a prayer for cleansing (st. 3); and "Come as the dove" is a prayer for peace and unity (st. 4).
The son of a watchmaker, Reed entered that profession until he felt a call to the ministry. Educated at Hackney College, London, he became a Congregational minister in 1811. He served a flourishing congregation in St. George's-in-the-East, London (later named Wycliffe Chapel), until his retirement in 1861. Known for his administrative skills, Reed founded various charitable institutions such as the London Orphan Asylum, the Asylum for Fatherless Children, the Royal Hospital for Incurables, the Infant Orphan Asylum, and the Asylum for Idiots. He published a Supplement (1817) to Isaac Watts' (PHH 155) hymns, which was enlarged in 1825 and called The Hymn Book; it included twenty-one hymn texts by Reed and twenty anonymous texts by Reed's wife (not properly credited until the Wycliffe Chapel Supplement of 1872), In 1842 Reed issued The Hymn Book, a compilation of his hymns as well as those by Watts and others.
Pentecost; other services of prayer for the work of the Holy Spirit.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
Spirit Divine, attend our prayer. A. Reed. [Whitsuntide.] This hymn appeared, unsigned, in 7 stanzas of 4 lines, in the Evangelical Magazine for June 1829, with the heading, "Hymn to the Spirit. Sung on the late Day appointed for solemn Prayer and Humiliation in the Eastern District of the Metropolis". From the April number of the same magazine we find that the "Day appointed for Solemn Prayer," &c, was the Good Friday of that year, and that it was "cordially recommended . . . " as a day of humiliation and prayer, with a view to promote, by the divine blessing, a revival of religion in the British churches," by the Board of Congregational Ministers, resident in and about London, whose recommendation is dated "Tuesday, Feb. 10, 1829." The hymn was republished in Dr. Reed's Hymn Book, 1842; and again, in the Wyliffe Chapel Supply 1872. It is the most widely known of Dr. Reed's hymns, and is in extensive use. It is one of his best productions.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
Spirit Divine, attend our prayer, p. 1074, ii. The form of this hymn most generally adopted in modern American collections is that rewritten by S. Longfellow, and I included in Longfellow and Johnson's Hymns of the Spirit, 1864. It is No. 67 in The Pilgrim Hymnal, 1904.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)
|Instances (1 - 28 of 28)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #260||Spirit divine, attend our prayers||Spirit divine, attend our prayers||BILLING||Andrew Reed (1787-1862)||CM||John 16:8-11; Acts 2:1-4||2013||Church | Ministry; Church | Worship; Church Year | Pentecost; Discipleship | ; Holy Spirit | Invocation of; Holy Spirit | names and images for; Pentecost and the Work of the Holy Spirit | ; Prayer ||
|Church Family Worship #309||Spirit divine, attend our prayers||Spirit divine, attend our prayers||CM||1988|
|Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #341||Spirit divine, attend our prayers||Spirit divine, attend our prayers||2000|
|Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #583||Spirit divine, attend our prayers||Spirit divine, attend our prayers||MARTYRS||Andrew Reed (1787-1862)||CM||1 Chronicles 21:26; 2 Chronicles 5:14; 2 Corinthians 4:6; Acts 2:2-3; Acts 4:31; Isaiah 11:2; John 1:32; Leviticus 6:13; Luke 3:16; Luke 3:22; Luke 11:13; Malachi 3:3-4; Mark 1:10; Matthew 3:11; Matthew 3:16; Revelation 21:3; Romans 12:1||2005||The Holy Spirit | The Coming of the Spirit; Our Response to God | in the worship of God's house; Christian Year | Pentecost; Church | Worship; Holy Spirit | name and images for|
|Common Praise (1998) #646||Spirit Divine, Attend Our Prayers||Spirit divine, attend our prayers||GRÄFENBERG (NUN DANKET ALL)||Andrew Reed, 1787-1862||CM||Ezekiel 37:1-14; Joel 2:18-32; Matthew 3:13-17; Mark 1:9-15; 1 Corinthians 2:1-16; 1 Corinthians 3:10-23; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; Ephesians 4:25 - 5:2; Hebrews 12:18-29||1998||Aniversary of Parish/Church | ; Pentecost | ; The Holy Spirit ||
|Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #195||Spirit divine, attend our prayers||Spirit divine, attend our prayers||STRACATHRO||Andrew Reed, 1787-1862||CM||Acts 2:1-4; Malachi 3:2-3; Matthew 3:16; Psalm 16:11; Romans 12:1||2000||Pentecost | ; Pentecost | Year C|
|Complete Mission Praise #614||Spirit divine, attend our prayers||Spirit divine, attend our prayers||CM||2000|
|Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #407||Spirit Divine, Attend Our Prayers||Spirit divine, attend our prayers||NUN DANKET ALL’ UND BRINGET EHR’||Andrew Reed||CM||Genesis 1:2-4; Psalm 23:3; Isaiah 11:2; Ezekiel 36:27; Matthew 3:11; Matthew 3:16; John 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:1-4; Acts 4:31; Acts 9:31; Romans 8:9; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 4:25-27; Hebrews 12:18-29||2013||The Church | ; Gathering | ; Kingdom of God | ; Light | ; Redemption ||
|Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #509||Spirit divine, attend our prayers||Spirit divine, attend our prayers||NUN DANKET ALL UND BRINGET EHR||Andrew Reed, 1787-1862||CM||1985|
|Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #327a||Spirit divine, attend our prayers||Spirit divine, attend our prayers||ST. AGNES (DYKES)||Andrew Reed||1983|
|Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #327b||Spirit divine, attend our prayers||Spirit divine, attend our prayers||Andrew Reed||1983|
|Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #223||Spirit Divine, Attend Our Prayers||Spirit divine, attend our prayers||NUN DANKET ALL'||Andrew Reed, 1787-1862||CM||Psalm 143:1||2007||Church | ; Fellowship | ; Holy Spirit ||
|Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #240||Spirit divine, inspire our prayers||Spirit divine, inspire our prayers||BEATITUDO||A. Reed (1787-1862)||8 6 8 6 (CM)||Acts 2||1987||God, Spirit | Breath of Life; Epiphany 1, Revelation | The Baptism of Jesus; Pentecost | The Holy Spirit|
|Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #617||Spirit Divine, Inspire Our Prayer||Spirit divine, inspire our prayer||GRÄFENBERG||Andrew Reed||126.96.36.199||Ezekiel 36:26; John 16:13; Acts 2:2-3; Romans 8:26; Ephesians 3:16; Psalm 51:10-12||2013||Holy Spirit | ; Hymns That Are Prayer | ; Elements of Worship | Confession|
|Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #325||Spirit Divine, Attend Our Prayers||Spirit divine, attend our prayers||NUN DANKET ALL' UND BRINGET EHR'||Andrew Reed||CM||1990|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #421||Spirit Divine, Inspire Our Prayer||Spirit divine, inspire our prayer||GRÄFENBERG||Andrew Reed||CM||Psalm 51:10-12; Ezekiel 36:26; John 16:13; Acts 2:2-3; Romans 8:26; Ephesians 3:16; Ephesians 3; Romans 8; Acts 2:3||1987||Illumination | ; Pentecost and Holy Spirit | ; Holy Spirit | ; Pentecost | ; Prayer | ; Sanctification ||
|Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #267||Spirit divine, attend our prayers||Spirit divine, attend our prayers||GRÄFENBERG||1985|
|Small Church Music #1129||Ballerma||Spirit Divine, attend our prayers||BALLERMA||Andrew Reed||188.8.131.52|
|Small Church Music #1830||Graefenberg||Spirit Divine, attend our prayers||GRAEFENBERG||Andrew Reed||184.108.40.206|
|Small Church Music #1962||Emmaus||Spirit divine, attend our prayers||EMMAUS||Andrew Reed||220.127.116.11|
|Small Church Music #3697||Nun Danket all und bringet Ehr||Spirit Divine, attend our prayers||NUN DANKET ALL UND BRINGET EHR||Andrew Reed||18.104.22.168|
|Songs for Life #185||Spirit Divine, Inspire Our Prayer||Spirit divine, inspire our prayer||GRAFENBERG||Andrew Reed||CM||John 14:16-17||1995||Singing God's Story | Pentecost and the Holy Spirit|
|The Cyber Hymnal #6282||Spirit Divine, Attend Our Prayer||Spirit divine, attend our prayer||BRECON||Andrew Reed; Samuel Longfellow, 1819-1892||CM||<cite>Evangelical Magazine</cite>, June 1829|
|The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #615||Spirit Divine, Hear Our Prayer||Spirit Divine, hear our prayer||[Spirit Divine, hear our prayer]||Andrew Reed||1986||Responses | Prayer|
|Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #406||Spirit divine, attend our prayers||Spirit divine, attend our prayers||GRAFENBERG||Andrew Reed, 1787-1862||86.86||1 Corinthians 6:9; 2 Timothy 1:6-7; Acts 2:1-13; Romans 8:26-30||1999||Consecration | ; Holiness | ; Holy Spirit | ; Invocation | ; Longing for God | ; Name/s of God | ; Pentecost | ; Prayer ||
|Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #385||Spirit Divine, Attend Our Prayers||Spirit divine, attend our prayers||GRÄFENBURG||Andrew Reed||8 6 8 6||1996||Holy Spirit | Praise and Invocation; Christian Year | Pentecost; God | House, Home; Holy Spirit | ; Holy Spirit | Illumination; Holy Spirit | Presence; Holy Spirit | Work; Light | ; Petition | ; Prayer | ; Sacrifice | ; Lent 5 | Year A; Pentecost | Year A; Epiphany 2 | Year B; Epiphany 7 | Year B; Pentecost | Year B; Proper 15 | Year B; Proper 21 | Year B; Pentecost | Year C|
|Worship (3rd ed.) #476||Spirit Divine, Accept Our Prayers||Spirit divine, accept our prayers||GRAEFENBERG||Andrew Reed, 1788-1862||CM||Acts 1:8||1986||Pentecost | ; Confirmation | ; Petition ||
|Worship (4th ed.) #535||Spirit Divine, Inspire Our Prayers||Spirit divine, inspire our prayers||GRÄFENBERG||Andrew Reed, 1788-1862||CM||2011||Pentecost ||