224. Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart

1 Spirit of God, descend upon my heart;
Wean it from earth; through all its pulses move;
Stoop to my weakness, mighty as Thou art,
And make me love Thee as I ought to love.

2 I ask no dream, no prophet ecstasies,
No sudden rending of the veil of clay,
No angel visitant, no opening skies;
But take the dimness of my soul away.

3 Hast Thou not bid me love Thee, God and King?
All, all Thine own, soul, heart and strength and mind;
I see Thy cross– there teach my heart to cling:
O let me seek Thee, and O let me find.

4 Teach me to feel that Thou art always nigh;
Teach me the struggles of the soul to bear,
To check the rising doubt, the rebel sigh;
Teach me the patience of unanswered prayer.

5 Teach me to love Thee as Thine angels love,–
One holy passion filling all my frame;
The kindling of the Heaven-descended Dove,
My heart an altar, and Thy love the flame.


Text Information
First Line: Spirit of God, descend upon my heart
Title: Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart
Author: George Croly (1854)
Meter: 10. 10. 10. 10.
Language: English
Publication Date: 1999
Topic: Pentecost/Praise to God, The Holy Spirit
Tune Information
Composer: Frederick C Atkinson (c. 1820)
Meter: 10. 10. 10. 10.
Key: C Major

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