501. Come Down, O Love Divine

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1 Come down, O Love divine;
Seek Thou this soul of mine,
And visit it with Thine own ardor glowing;
O Comforter, draw near,
Within my heart appear,
And kindle it, Thy holy flame bestowing.

2 O let it freely burn,
Till earthly passions turn
To dust and ashes in its heat consuming;
And let Thy glorious light
Shine ever on my sight,
And clothe me round, the while my path illuming.

3 Let holy charity
Mine outward vesture be
And lowliness become mine inner clothing--
True lowliness of heart,
Which takes the humbler part,
And o'er its own shortcomings weeps with loathing.

4 And so the yearning strong,
With which the soul will long,
Shall far outpass the pow'r of human telling;
No soul can guess His grace
Till it become the place
Wherein the Holy Spirit makes His dwelling.

Text Information
First Line: Come down, O Love divine
Title: Come Down, O Love Divine
Author: Bianco da Siena, c. 1350-1434
Translator: Richard F. Littledale, 1833-90
Publication Date: 2006
Meter: 66 11 66 11
Scripture: Romans 5:5; John 14:16; John 14:26; Romans 15:13
Topic: Hymn of Invocation
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: DOWN AMPNEY
Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1872-1958
Meter: 66 11 66 11
Key: D Major



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