367. Come Down, O Love Divine

1 Come down, O love divine,
seek now this soul of mine,
and visit it with your own ardour 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, my onward 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 its grace,
till Love create the place
wherein the Holy Spirit makes its dwelling.

Text Information
First Line: Come down, O Love divine
Title: Come Down, O Love Divine
Original Language: Italian
Author: Bianco da Siena
Translator: Richard Frederick Littledale (1867, alt.)
Meter: 6 6 11 D
Language: English
Publication Date: 1996
Topic: Holy Spirit: Praise and Invocation; Beauty; Christian Year: Pentecost (37 more...)
Tune Information
Name: DOWN AMPNEY
Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1906)
Composer (descant): W. Herbert Belyea (1975)
Meter: 6 6 11 D
Key: D Major
Copyright: Descant copyright © 1971 W. Herbert Belyea.



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