627. Gracious Spirit, Holy Ghost

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

2 Faith that mountains could remove,
tongues of earth or heaven above,
knowledge, all things, empty prove
without heavenly love.

3 Though I as a martyr bleed,
give my goods the poor to feed,
all is vain, if love I need;
therefore give me love.

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

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

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

Text Information
First Line: Gracious Spirit, Holy Ghost
Author: Christopher Wordsworth (1807-1895)
Meter: 77 75
Language: English
Publication Date: 2005
Topic: The Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit in the Church - Enlivening and Renewing the Church; Love: For God; Love: for others
Tune Information
Composer: John Stainer (1840-1901)
Meter: 77 75
Key: A♭ Major

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