1 Come, blessed Comforter; freely bestowing
Cleansing and liberty, gladness and light;
Let now the living tide rise, overflowing,
Shed thy refreshing, and strengthen me with might.
Come, blessed Comforter! Ling’ring so near;
Oh, let thy glory, and presence now appear.
2 Come, blessed Comforter; take full possession;
Seal thou the willing heart, yielded to thee;
Oft have I grieved thy love, ah, sad confession,
But in thy mercy impart thyself to me. [Refrain]
3 Come, blessed Comforter, never to leave me,
Thou hast inspired my pray’r, lift it to praise!
Faith claims the promised gift, springs to receive thee;
Spirit all holy dwell in me “all the days.” [Refrain]
4 Come, blessed Comforter; bring heav’n within me;
E’en now the songs of love joyfully roll;
From all alluring snares graciously win me;
To God be the glory! his blessing fills my soul. [Refrain]
Pseudonym: Lidie H. Edmunds.
Eliza Edmunds Hewitt was born in Philadelphia 28 June 1851. She was educated in the public schools and after graduation from high school became a teacher. However, she developed a spinal malady which cut short her career and made her a shut-in for many years. During her convalescence, she studied English literature. She felt a need to be useful to her church and began writing poems for the primary department. she went on to teach Sunday school, take an active part in the Philadelphia Elementary Union and become Superintendent of the primary department of Calvin Presbyterian Church.
Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (… Go to person page >