Eternal Spirit, Source of truth. T. Cotterill. [Assurance of Salvation desired.] Appeared in his Selection of Psalms & Hymns, &c, 1810, No. 66, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled, "For a well grounded hope of Salvation," stanza ii. being based on J. Hart's "Bless'd Spirit of truth, Eternal God" (1759), stanza ii. It was repeated in all subsequent editions of his Selection. In modern hymn-books it usually reads, "Eternal Spirit, God of truth," as in Dr. Hatfield's Church Hymn Book, N. Y., 1872. In this form it is in extensive use in America. Its use in Great Britain is limited. Stanza iv. of this hymn is stanza iv. of the cento “Spirit of Truth, Thy grace impart," q.v.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Instances (1 - 4 of 4)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Hymns and Songs of Praise for Public and Social Worship #361||Eternal Spirit, Source of truth||Eternal Spirit, Source of truth||Rev. Thomas Cotterill, 1779-1823; Rev. Joseph Hart, 1712-1768||1874|
|Songs of Praise: a selection of standard hymns and tunes for the Sunday-shcools and social meetings #102||Eternal Spirit, Source of truth||Eternal Spirit, Source of truth||Rev. Thomas Cotterill, 1779-1823; Rev. Joseph Hart, 1712-1768||1880|
|Songs of the Spirit #d128||Eternal Spirit, Source of truth||Eternal Spirit, Source of truth||Thomas Cotterill||1871|
|The Clifton Chapel Collection of "Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs": for public, social and family worship and private devotions at the Sanitarium, Clifton Springs, N. Y. #1047||Eternal Spirit, source of truth||Eternal Spirit, source of truth||Rev. Thomas Cotterill, 1779-1823; Rev. Joseph Hart, 1712-1768||1881|