1 Come, dearest Lord, descend and dwell
by faith and love in every breast;
then shall we know and taste and feel
the joys that cannot be expressed.
2 Come, fill our hearts with inward strength,
make our enlargèd souls possess
and learn the height and breadth and length
of thine immeasurable grace.
3 Now to the God whose power can do
more than our thoughts or wishes know,
be everlasting honours done
by all the church, through Christ his Son.
Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #438
|First Line:||Come, dearest Lord, descend and dwell|
|Title:||The Love of God Shed Abroad in the Heart|
|Liturgical Use:||Communion Songs|
Come, dearest Lord, descend and dwell. I. Watts. [Whitsuntide.] Given in the enlarged edition of his Hymns and Sacred Songs, 1709, Bk. i., No. 135, in 3 stanzas of 4 lines in 1753 G. Whitefield included it in his Collection. This was followed by R. Conyers in his Collection, 1774, and others, until its use has become extensive both in Great Britain and America. In many cases, especially in America, the term "dearest” so objectionable to many, is changed to, ”Come, gracious Lord," &c.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)