Spirit divine, attend our prayersAuthor: Andrew Reed (1829)
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1 Spirit divine, attend our prayers,
And make this house Thy home;
Descend with all Thy gracious powers,
Oh, come, great Spirit, come!
2 Come as the light; to us reveal
Our emptiness and woe:
And lead us in those paths of life
Where all the righteous go.
3 Come as the fire, and purge our hearts
Like sacrificial flame;
Let our whole soul an offering be
To our Redeemer's Name.
4 Come as the dove, and spread Thy wings,
The wings of peaceful love;
And let Thy Church on earth become
Blest as Thy Church above.
5 Spirit divine, attend our prayers;
Make a lost world Thy home;
Descend with all Thy gracious powers,
Oh, come, great Spirit, come!
The Hymnal: revised and enlarged as adopted by the General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America in the year of our Lord 1892
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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 (17)||First Line||Text Title||Refrain First Line||Authors||Composers||Meter||Scripture||Tune Title||Tune Key||Incipit||Languages||Publication Date|
|Church Family Worship #309||Spirit divine, attend our prayers||188.8.131.52||1988|
|Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #341||Spirit divine, attend our prayers||2000|
|Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #583||Spirit divine, attend our prayers||Andrew Reed (1787-1862)||David Evans (1874-1948)||184.108.40.206||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||MARTYRS||C Major||English||2005|
|Common Praise (1998) #646||Spirit divine, attend our praters||Spirit Divine, Attend Our Prayers||Andrew Reed, 1787-1862||Johann Crüger, 1598-1662||220.127.116.11||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; 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||GRÄFENBERG (NUN DANKET ALL)||F Major or modal||1998|
|Complete Mission Praise #614||Spirit divine, attend our prayers||18.104.22.168||2000|
|Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #407||Spirit divine, attend our prayers||Spirit Divine, Attend Our Prayers||Andrew Reed||Johann Crüger||22.214.171.124||Genesis 1:2-4; 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||NUN DANKET ALL’ UND BRINGET EHR’||F Major or modal||English||2013|
|Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #509||Spirit divine, attend our prayers||Andrew Reed, 1787-1862||Johann Cruger, 1598-1662||126.96.36.199||NUN DANKET ALL UND BRINGET EHR||F Major or modal||English||1985|
|Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #240||Spirit divine, inspire our prayers||A. Reed (1787-1862)||J. B. Dykes (1823-1876)||Acts 2||BEATITUDO||G Major or modal||1987|
|Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #617||Spirit divine, inspire our prayer||Spirit Divine, Inspire Our Prayer||Andrew Reed||Johann Crüger||188.8.131.52||Ezekiel 36:26; John 16:13; Acts 2:2-3; Romans 8:26; Ephesians 3:16; Psalm 51:10-12||GRÄFENBERG||F Major or modal||2013|
|Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #325||Spirit divine, attend our prayers||Spirit Divine, Attend Our Prayers||Andrew Reed||Johann Crüger||184.108.40.206||NUN DANKET ALL' UND BRINGET EHR'||F Major||English||1990|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #421||Spirit divine, inspire our prayer||Spirit Divine, Inspire Our Prayer||Andrew Reed||Johann Crüger||220.127.116.11||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||GRÄFENBERG||F Major||English||1987|
|Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #267||Spirit divine, attend our prayers||GRÄFENBERG||1985|
|Songs for Life #185||Spirit divine, inspire our prayer||Spirit Divine, Inspire Our Prayer||Andrew Reed||Johann Crüger; Bert Polman||18.104.22.168||John 14:16-17||GRAFENBERG||F Major or modal||English||1995|
|The Cyber Hymnal #6282||Spirit divine, attend our prayer||Spirit Divine, Attend Our Prayer||Andrew Reed; Samuel Longfellow, 1819-1892||Nicholas Heins, 1839-1910||22.214.171.124||BRECON||E Flat Major||111235443332177||English||1996|
|The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #615||Spirit Divine, hear our prayer||Spirit Divine, Hear Our Prayer||Andrew Reed||Bill Wolaver||[Spirit Divine, hear our prayer]||F Major or modal||1986|
|Together in Song: Australian Hymn Book II #406||Spirit divine, attend our prayers||126.96.36.199||1999|
|Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #385||Spirit divine, attend our prayers||Spirit Divine, Attend Our Prayers||Andrew Reed||Johann Crüger||188.8.131.52||GRÄFENBURG||F Major or modal||English||1996|