Sweet Spirit

Flow gently, sweet Spirit, flow into my soul

Author: John Bell
Tune: [Flow gently, sweet Spirit, flow into my soul]
Published in 1 hymnal

Audio files: MIDI

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1 Flow gently, sweet Spirit, flow into my soul,
And cleanse me from all, and I shall be made whole;
Before my Redeemer adoring I’ll bend,
And talk face to face as a friend with his friend.

Refrain:
Flow gently, sweet Spirit, flow into my soul,
Let waves of thy glory now over me roll;
When filled with thy fulness, made perfect in love,
I’ll hail the glad summons that calls me above.

2 Thy nature, sweep Spirit, now give unto me,
And I shall the beauty of holiness see;
My doubting and fearing I cannot endure,
I long to be like thee, I long to be pure. [Refrain]

3 I long, blessed Spirit, thy image to bear,
Thy wisdom and power and holiness share;
To move in the circle of infinite love,
Be pure in God’s sight as the blessed above. [Refrain]

4 O come and transfigure my soul with thy light,
And earth with its turmoil shall fade from my sight;
Then sorrow, privation, whatever betide,
With thee for companion, my soul shall outride. [Refrain]

Source: Songs of Christian Service #9

Author: John Bell

John Bell (b. 1949) was born in the Scottish town of Kilmarnock in Ayrshire, intending to be a music teacher when he felt the call to the ministry. But in frustration with his classes, he did volunteer work in a deprived neighborhood in London for a time and also served for two years as an associate pastor at the English Reformed Church in Amsterdam. After graduating he worked for five years as a youth pastor for the Church of Scotland, serving a large region that included about 500 churches. He then took a similar position with the Iona Community, and with his colleague Graham Maule, began to broaden the youth ministry to focus on renewal of the church’s worship. His approach soon turned to composing songs within the identifiable traditi… Go to person page >

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First Line: Flow gently, sweet Spirit, flow into my soul
Title: Sweet Spirit
Author: John Bell

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Songs of Christian Service #9

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