Come, holy, celestial Dove

Come, holy, celestial Dove

Author: Charles Wesley
Tune: ZION (Milgrove)
Published in 43 hymnals

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1 Come, holy, celestial Dove!
And visit a sorrowful breast,
My burden of guilt to remove,
And bring me assurance and rest:
Thou only hast power to relieve
A sinner o'erwhelmed with his load,
The sense of acceptance to give,
And sprinkle his heart with the blood.

2 If, when I have put thee to grief,
And madly to folly returned,
Thy pity has been my relief,
And lifted me up as I mourned,
Most pitiful Spirit of grace
Relieve me again and restore;
My spirit in holiness raise,
To fall and to suffer no more.

3 If now I lament after God,
And pant for a taste of his love,
If Jesus hath bought thee with blood,
For me to receive from above,
Come, heavenly Comforter, come,
True witness of mercy divine!
And make me thy permanent home,
And seal me eternally thine.

Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #262

Author: Charles Wesley

Charles Wesley, M.A. was the great hymn-writer of the Wesley family, perhaps, taking quantity and quality into consideration, the great hymn-writer of all ages. Charles Wesley was the youngest son and 18th child of Samuel and Susanna Wesley, and was born at Epworth Rectory, Dec. 18, 1707. In 1716 he went to Westminster School, being provided with a home and board by his elder brother Samuel, then usher at the school, until 1721, when he was elected King's Scholar, and as such received his board and education free. In 1726 Charles Wesley was elected to a Westminster studentship at Christ Church, Oxford, where he took his degree in 1729, and became a college tutor. In the early part of the same year his religious impressions were much deepene… Go to person page >

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First Line: Come, holy, celestial Dove
Author: Charles Wesley
Publication Date: 1788
Copyright: Public Domain



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