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Giver of Rest

Full Text

1 Come, Holy Spirit, calm my mind,
And fit me to approach my God;
Remove each vain, each worldly tho't,
And lead me to thy blest abode.

2 Hast thou imparted to my soul
A living spark of holy fire?
O, kindle now the sacred flame;
Make me to burn with pure desire.

3 A brighter faith and hope impart,
And let me now my Saviour see;
O, soothe and cheer my burdened heart,
And bid my spirit rest in thee.

Source: Christ in Song: for all religious services nearly one thousand best gospel hymns, new and old with responsive scripture readings (Rev. and Enl.) #435

Author (attributed to): John Stewart

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Text Information

First Line: Come, Holy Spirit, calm my mind
Title: Giver of Rest
Author (attributed to): John Stewart (1803)
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Source: Burder's Collection; Lock Chapel Collecton, 1803
Language: English

Notes

This hymn has been wrongly attributed to George Burder, according to Odenheimer and Bird in Songs of the Spirit: hymns of prayer and praise to God the Holy Ghost, 1871. Their source was a Mr. Sedgewick. Duffield in English Hymns: Their Authors and History, 1866 gives the source as D. Sedgwick. ====================== Come, Holy Spirit, calm my [our] mind. [Whitsuntide]. We have traced this hymn to A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the use of the Lock Chapel, 1803, where it is the first hymn to be sung before Divine Service, in 3 stanzas of 4 lines. In Bickersteth's Christian Psalmody, 1833, it has an additional stanza, and in this form it is repeated in the Eng. Presbyterian Church Praise, 1883. It is sometimes attributed to "John Stewart;" but we have failed to find authority for the statement. The 3 stanza form of the text is given in Common Praise, 1879, as by “Browne." This we regard as an error. [William T. Brooke] --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)

Tune

SAXBY


MARYTON

After various tunes had been set to this text, Gladden insisted on the use of MARYTON. Composed by H. Percy Smith (b. Malta, 1825; d. Bournemouth, Hampshire, England, 1898), the tune was originally published as a setting for John Keble's "Sun of My Soul" in Arthur S. Sullivan's Church Hymns with Tun…

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QUIETUDE (Warren)


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