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Gracious Spirit, Holy Ghost

Gracious Spirit, Holy Ghost, Taught by Thee we covet most

Author: Christopher Wordsworth (1862)
Published in 169 hymnals

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1 Gracious Spirit, Holy Ghost,
taught by thee, we covet most
of thy gifts at Pentecost,
holy, heavenly love.

2 Love is kind, and suffers long,
love is meek, and thinks no wrong,
love than death itself more strong;
therefore give us love.

3 Prophecy will fade away,
melting in the light of day;
love will ever with us stay;
therefore give us love.

4 Faith will vanish into sight;
hope be emptied in delight;
love in heaven will shine more bright;
therefore give us love.

5 Faith and hope and love we see
joining hand in hand agree;
but the greatest of the three,
and the best, is love.

6 From the overshadowing
of thy gold and silver wing
shed on us, who to thee sing,
holy, heavenly love.

Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #245a

Author: Christopher Wordsworth

Christopher Wordsworth--nephew of the great lake-poet, William Wordsworth--was born in 1807. He was educated at Winchester, and at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated B.A., with high honours, in 1830; M.A. in 1833; D.D. in 1839. He was elected Fellow of his College in 1830, and public orator of the University in 1836; received Priest's Orders in 1835; head master of Harrow School in 1836; Canon of Westminster Abbey in 1844; Hulsean Lecturer at Cambridge in 1847-48; Vicar of Stanford-in-the-Vale, Berks, in 1850; Archdeacon of Westminster, in 1865; Bishop of Lincoln, in 1868. His writings are numerous, and some of them very valuable. Most of his works are in prose. His "Holy Year; or, Hymns for Sundays, Holidays, and other occ… Go to person page >

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First Line: Gracious Spirit, Holy Ghost, Taught by Thee we covet most
Title: Gracious Spirit, Holy Ghost
Author: Christopher Wordsworth (1862)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Gracious Spirit, Holy Ghost . Bishop C. Wordsworth of Lincoln. [Quinquagesima.—Love.] First published in his Holy Year, 1st edition, 1862, in 8 stanzas of 4 lines, and appointed for Quinquagesima, being a metrical paraphrase of the Epistle for that day. It is found either in full or in an abbreviated form in several collections, including some of the Public Schools, and a few in American common use. In Martineau's Hymns, 1873, it begins, "Mighty Spirit, Gracious Guide." --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



CAPETOWN was originally composed by Friedrich Filitz (b. Arnstadt, Thuringia, Germany, 1804; d. Munich, Germany, 1876) as a setting for the text "Morgenglanz der Ewigkeit"; that text and tune were included in Vierstimmiges Choralbuch (1847), a hymnal compiled by Baron Christian von Bunsen and publis…

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CHARITY (Stainer)



The Cyber Hymnal #2044
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Instances (1 - 28 of 28)

Ancient and Modern #245a


Ancient and Modern #245b

Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #268a

Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #268b

Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #268c

Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #312

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Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #627

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Common Praise (1998) #653

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Common Praise #182a

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Common Praise #182b

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Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #245a

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Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #245b

Complete Mission Praise #198


Hymnal 1982 #612

Hymnal Supplement II #73

Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #154

Hymns and Psalms #301a

Hymns and Psalms #301b

Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #474a

Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #474b

Hymns Old and New #184

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Presbyterian Hymnal #318

Singing the Faith #379


The Cyber Hymnal #2044


The New Century Hymnal #61

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The New English Hymnal #367a

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The New English Hymnal #367b

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Voices United #193

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