1 Come, holy Spirit, and anew,
By mighty word and deed,
Bear witness with Thy chosen few,
That all may hear and heed.
No more upon the Prophet’s brow
The flaming signet rests:
The mystic tongue no longer now
The word of grace attests.
2 But perfect love and holiness,
And helpful ministry,
Are miracles of grace no less
That testify of Thee.
Set these, Thy seal, upon us, Lord,
Our love and zeal inflame,
That we henceforth Thy saving Word
May mightily proclaim.
3 Send now the quick’ning pow’r again;
Let Truth our tongues inspire;
Arouse the consciences of men
With messages of fire.
Then to repentant sinners show
Thy reconciled face;
The cleansing and the healing flow
Of Thy redeeming grace.
John H. Sammis was born in Brooklyn. He moved to Logansport, Indiana when ye was 22, where he was converted to Christianity. He was active in the Y.M.C.A., serving as secretary for the Terre Haute Association and later becoming State Secretary. After this, he studied at Lane and McCormack seminaries and was ordained in the Presbyterian church at Glidden, Iowa. He also pastored churches in Indianapolis, Grand Haven, MI, Red Wing and St. Paul, Minn. In 1909 he became associated with the Los Angeles Bible Institute. He wrote more that 100 hymns.
Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >