1 Come heavenly love, inspire my song,
With thy immortal flame;
And teach my heart, to teach my tongue,
The Savior's lovely name.
2 The Savior! O what endless charms
Dwell in the blissful sound!
Its influence every fear disarms,
And spreads sweet comfort round.
3 Here pardon, life, and joys divine
In rich effusion flow,
For guilty rebels lost in sin,
And doomed to endless woe.
4 God's only Son, (stupendous grace!)
Forsook his throne above;
And swift to save our wretched race,
He flew on wings of love.
5 Th' Almighty former of the skies
Stooped to our vile abode;
While angels viewed with wondering eyes,
And hailed th' incarnate God.
6 O the rich depths of love divine!
Of bliss, a boundless store:
Dear Savior, let me call thee mine,
I cannot wish for more.
7 On thee alone my hope relies,
Beneath thy cross I fall.
My Lord, my life, my sacrifice,
My Savior, and my all.
The Christian's duty, exhibited in a series of hymns, 1791
Come, heavenly love, inspire my song. Anne Steele. [Redeeming Love.] This poem of 39 stanzas of 4 lines appeared in her Hymns on Subjects chiefly Devotional, 1760, vol. i. p. 7 (2nd ed., 1780, vol. i. p. 7), and in Sedgwick's reprint of her Hymns, 1863, p. 4. From the poem the following centos are in common use:—
1. Come, heavenly love, inspire my song. This was given in the Bristol Collection of Ash and Evans, 1769, No. 129; repeated by R. Conyers, in his Collection, 1772, and again by others to modern hymnals. It is composed of stanzas 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 37 and 39.
2. Come, Holy Ghost, inspire our songs. This was given in the Uttoxeter Selection, 1805; and repeated in Cotterill's Selection, 1810-19, and from thence has passed into a few collections in Great Britain and America. It is composed of stanzas 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, slightly altered from the original, and an added stanza probably by Cotterill.
3. Come, heavenly Dove, inspire my song. This is in the American Evangelical Hymnal, by Hall and Lasar, N. Y., 1880, stanzas 1, 2, 3, 8, 32, 33, 37, and 39 being included therein.
4. Come, Holy Spirit, guide my song. This is composed of stanzas i., ii.. vii. and xxxvii. slightly altered. It is No. 63 in Windle's Collection.
5. The Saviour, 0 what endless charms. This cento in Snepp's Songs of Grace & Glory, 1872, No. 174, is composed of stanzas 2, 3, 8, 37, and 39.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)