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Gracious Spirit, Holy Ghost

Gracious Spirit, Holy Ghost, Taught by Thee we covet most

Author: Christopher Wordsworth (1862)
Published in 172 hymnals

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Full Text

1 Gracious Spirit, Holy Ghost,
taught by thee, we covet most
of thy gifts at Pentecost,
holy, heavenly love.

2 Love is kind, and suffers long,
love is meek, and thinks no wrong,
love than death itself more strong;
therefore give us love.

3 Prophecy will fade away,
melting in the light of day;
love will ever with us stay;
therefore give us love.

4 Faith will vanish into sight;
hope be emptied in delight;
love in heaven will shine more bright;
therefore give us love.

5 Faith and hope and love we see
joining hand in hand agree;
but the greatest of the three,
and the best, is love.

6 From the overshadowing
of thy gold and silver wing
shed on us, who to thee sing,
holy, heavenly love.

Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #245a

Author: Christopher Wordsworth

Christopher Wordsworth--nephew of the great lake-poet, William Wordsworth--was born in 1807. He was educated at Winchester, and at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated B.A., with high honours, in 1830; M.A. in 1833; D.D. in 1839. He was elected Fellow of his College in 1830, and public orator of the University in 1836; received Priest's Orders in 1835; head master of Harrow School in 1836; Canon of Westminster Abbey in 1844; Hulsean Lecturer at Cambridge in 1847-48; Vicar of Stanford-in-the-Vale, Berks, in 1850; Archdeacon of Westminster, in 1865; Bishop of Lincoln, in 1868. His writings are numerous, and some of them very valuable. Most of his works are in prose. His "Holy Year; or, Hymns for Sundays, Holidays, and other occ… Go to person page >

Notes

Gracious Spirit, Holy Ghost . Bishop C. Wordsworth of Lincoln. [Quinquagesima.—Love.] First published in his Holy Year, 1st edition, 1862, in 8 stanzas of 4 lines, and appointed for Quinquagesima, being a metrical paraphrase of the Epistle for that day. It is found either in full or in an abbreviated form in several collections, including some of the Public Schools, and a few in American common use. In Martineau's Hymns, 1873, it begins, "Mighty Spirit, Gracious Guide."

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

Tune

CAPETOWN

CAPETOWN was originally composed by Friedrich Filitz (b. Arnstadt, Thuringia, Germany, 1804; d. Munich, Germany, 1876) as a setting for the text "Morgenglanz der Ewigkeit"; that text and tune were included in Vierstimmiges Choralbuch (1847), a hymnal compiled by Baron Christian von Bunsen and publis…

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CHARITY (Stainer)


Timeline

Instances

Instances (1 - 31 of 31)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #245aText
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #245bText
Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #312
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #627TextPage Scan
Common Praise (1998) #653Page Scan
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #182aPage Scan
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #182bPage Scan
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #245aTextPage Scan
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #245bTextPage Scan
Complete Mission Praise #198
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #612Text
Hymnal Supplement II #73
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #154
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #301a
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #301b
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #474a
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #474b
Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #268a
Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #268b
Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #268c
Hymns Old and New: New Anglican #184
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #318TextPage Scan
Singing the Faith #379
Small Church Music #320Audio
Small Church Music #1542Audio
Small Church Music #5633Audio
The Cyber Hymnal #2044TextScoreAudio
The New Century Hymnal #61Text
The New English Hymnal #367aTextPage Scan
The New English Hymnal #367bTextPage Scan
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #193TextPage Scan
Include 141 pre-1979 instances



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