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Draw, Holy Ghost, Thy Seven Fold Veil

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1 Draw, Holy Ghost, Thy seven-fold veil
Between us and fires of youth;
Breathe, Holy Ghost, Thy fresh'ning gale
Our fevered brow in age to soothe.

2 For ever on our souls be traced
This blessing from the Saviour's hand,
A sheltering rock in memory's waste,
O'ershadowing all the weary land.

Hymnal: according to the use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, 1871

Author: John Keble

Keble, John, M.A., was born at Fairford, in Gloucestershire, on St. Mark's Day, 1792. His father was Vicar of Coln St. Aldwin's, about three miles distant, but lived at Fairford in a house of his own, where he educated entirely his two sons, John and Thomas, up to the time of their entrance at Oxford. In 1806 John Keble won a Scholarship at Corpus Christi College, and in 1810 a Double First Class, a distinction which up to that time had been gained by no one except Sir Robert Peel. In 1811 he was elected a Fellow of Oriel, a very great honour, especially for a boy under 19 years of age; and in 1811 he won the University Prizes both for the English and Latin Essays. It is somewhat remarkable that amid this brilliantly successful career,… Go to person page >

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First Line: Draw, Holy Ghost, thy seven-fold veil
Title: Draw, Holy Ghost, Thy Seven Fold Veil
Author: John Keble
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Draw, Holy Ghost, Thy seven-fold veil. An altered form in the Hymns for the Use of Bedford School, 1900, of sts. vii.-x. of J. Keble's "The shadow of the Almighty's cloud," p. 1157, i.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)



Also known as: ST. PHILIPS BENEDICTION GRANTON NAZARETH MELCOMBE was first used as an anonymous chant tune (with figured bass) in the Roman Catholic Mass and was published in 1782 in An Essay on the Church Plain Chant. It was first ascribed to Samuel Webbe (the elder; b. London, England, 1740; d.…

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Henry Kemble Oliver (b. Beverly, MA, 1800; d. Salem, MA, 1885) composed FEDERAL STREET in 1832, possibly as an imitation of earlier psalm tunes in long meter. He took it to a music class taught by Lowell Mason (who may have contributed to the harmony); Mason (PHH 96) published it in his Boston Acade…

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