1 Come down, O Love divine;
seek thou 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 Oh, 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 out pass the power of human telling:
for none can guess God's grace,
till Love creates a place
wherein the Holy Spirit makes a dwelling.
It is difficult to isolate certain confessional themes in each song about the Holy Spirit. Rather, there are several themes that are woven together in nearly all of these songs. The Holy Spirit is identified as one with the Father and the Son in the Holy Trinity; we plead for the coming and indwelling of the Spirit in our lives; the Spirit’s work is evident in creation and in God’s people throughout redemptive history; the Spirit calls and empowers the church for mission; and the Spirit is the source of power, fruit, and hope. These themes are expressed in confessional statements such as these:
“The Holy Spirit speaks through the Scriptures…has inspired Greek and Hebrew words, setting God’s truth in human language, placing God’s teaching in ancient culture, proclaiming the Gospel in the history of the world” (stanza 6).
“…The Spirit works at the ends of the world before the church has there spoken a word” (stanza 20).