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279. Come, Holy Spirit, Heavenly Dove

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1 Come, Holy Spirit, heavenly Dove,
with all thy quickening powers;
kindle a flame of sacred love
in these cold hearts of ours.

2 In vain we tune our formal songs;
in vain we strive to rise;
hosannas languish on our tongues,
and our devotion dies.

3 Dear Lord, and shall we ever live
at this poor dying rate?
Our love so faint, so cold to thee,
and thine to us so great!

4 Come, Holy Spirit, heavenly Dove,
with all thy quickening powers;
come, shed abroad a Savior's love,
and that shall kindle ours.

Text Information
First Line: Come, Holy Spirit, heavenly Dove
Title: Come, Holy Spirit, Heavenly Dove
Author: Isaac Watts (1707, alt.)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: CM
Scripture: Matthew 3:16; Matthew 24:12; Mark 1:10; Luke 3:22; John 1:32; John 6:36; John 16:7-15; Romans 5:5; Galatians 5:22
Topic: Gift of the Holy Spirit; Love of God for Us; Renewal
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer: John Bacchus Dykes (1866, alt.)
Meter: CM
Key: G Major or modal

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In contrast with many hymns to the Holy Spirit, this one is notable for being in the plural, a valuable reminder that the Holy Spirit has been bestowed on the whole Church, not just on a few individuals. The tune was composed for "Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee" (no. 629).

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