1 He's come! let every knee be bent,
All hearts new joy resume;
Sing, ye redeem'd, with on consent,
"The Comforter is come."
2 What greater gift, what greater love,
Could God on man bestow?
Angels for this rejoice above,
Let man rejoice below!
3 Hail, blessed Spirit! may each soul
Thy sacred influence feel;
Do Thou each sinful thought control,
And fix our wavering zeal!
4 Thou to the conscience dost convey,
Those checks which we should know;
Thy motions point to us the way;
Thou giv'st us strength to go.
He's come, let every knee be bent, All hearts new joy, &c. [The Comforter.] This hymn in 8 stanzas is found in a small collection of hymns appended to a Sermon by Arthur Bedford, 1733. In its modern form of 4 stanzas it is in the American Prayer Book Collection, 1826, No. 76, the Baptist Praise Book, 1871, and others.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)
He's come, let every knee be bent, p. 1570, ii. We have found this in The Divine Companion, or David's Harp new Tun'd. By Henry Playford, 3rd ed. (not in the 1st), 1709, p. 22, as "An hymn for Whit Sunday," in 8 stanzas of 4 lines. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)