282. Come Down, O Love Divine

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1 Come down, O Love Divine;
seek out this soul of mine,
and visit it with your own ardor glowing.
O Comforter, draw near;
within my heart appear,
and kindle it, your holy flame bestowing.

2 O let it freely burn,
till earthly passions turn
to dust and ashes in its heat consuming.
And let your glorious light
shine ever on my sight,
and clothe me round, the while my path illuming.

3 And so the yearning strong,
with which the soul will long,
shall far outpass the power of human telling.
For none can guess God’s grace,
till Love creates a place
wherein the Holy Spirit makes a dwelling.

Text Information
First Line: Come down, O Love Divine
Title: Come Down, O Love Divine
Translator: Richard Frederick Littledale (1867, alt.)
Author: Bianco da Siena (1367 c.)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: 6.6.11.D
Scripture: ; ; ; ; ;
Topic: Gift of the Holy Spirit; Grace; Humility (1 more...)
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1906)
Meter: 6.6.11.D
Key: D Major

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This lauda spirituale, a kind of vernacular Italian sacred song from the late Middle Ages and Renaissance, was translated into English in the 19th century but received little notice until this tune (named for the composer’s birthplace) was created for The English Hymnal.

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