Lord God, the Holy Ghost

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Lord God, the Holy Ghost,
In this accepted hour,
As on the day of Pentecost,
Descend in all Thy power;
We meet with one accord
In our appointed place,
And wait the promise of our Lord,
The Spirit of all grace.

Like mighty rushing wind
Upon the waves beneath,
Move with one impulse every mind,
One soul, one feeling breathe:
The young, the old inspire
With wisdom from above;
And give us hearts and tongues of fire
To pray, and praise, and love.

Spirit of light, explore,
And chase our gloom away,
With lustre shining more and more
Unto the perfect day:
Spirit of truth, be Thou
In life and death our guide;
O Spirit of adoption, now
May we be sanctified.

Sacred Poems and Hymns

Author: James Montgomery

Montgomery, James, son of John Montgomery, a Moravian minister, was born at Irvine, Ayrshire, Nov. 4, 1771. In 1776 he removed with his parents to the Moravian Settlement at Gracehill, near Ballymena, county of Antrim. Two years after he was sent to the Fulneck Seminary, Yorkshire. He left Fulneck in 1787, and entered a retail shop at Mirfield, near Wakefield. Soon tiring of that he entered upon a similar situation at Wath, near Rotherham, only to find it quite as unsuitable to his taste as the former. A journey to London, with the hope of finding a publisher for his youthful poems ended in failure; and in 1792 he was glad to leave Wath for Shefield to join Mr. Gales, an auctioneer, bookseller, and printer of the Sheffield Register newspap… Go to person page >


Lord God, the Holy Ghost. J. Montgomery. [Whitsuntide.] Published in Cotterill's Selection, 8th ed., 1819, No. 226, in 3 stanzas of 8 lines, and headed "Whit-Sunday." In Montgomery's Christian Psalmist, 1825, No. 506, and in his Original Hymns, 1853, No. 136, the text is slightly altered. This amended text is that given in Lord Selborne's Book of Praise, 1862, and in most of the collections which give the hymn. Its use in Great Britain and America is extensive.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



Instances (1 - 11 of 11)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #302
Common Praise (1998) #254Text
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #306a
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #306b
Moravian Book of Worship #376TextPage Scan
Rejoice in the Lord #375TextPage Scan
Small Church Music #1115Audio
Small Church Music #1132Audio
Small Church Music #6520Audio
The Cyber Hymnal #3693TextScoreAudio
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #404
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