Invoking the Holy Spirit

Representative Text

1 Now may the Spirit’s holy fire,
Descending from above,
His waiting family inspire
With joy and peace and love.

2 Great Comforter! our souls confess;
Without thy presence here,
Our songs of praise are vain address,
We utter heartless prayer.

3 Wake, heavenly wind! arise and come,
Blow on the drooping field;
Our spices, then, shall breathe perfume,
And fragrant incense yield.

4 Touch with a living coal the lip
That shall proclaim thy word;
And bid the whole assembly keep
Attention to the Lord.


Source: Hymns of Consecration and Faith #167

Author: Robert Seagrave

Robert Seagrave was born at Twyford, Leicestershire, in 1693. He studied at Clare Hall, Cambridge, graduating in 1718. In 1739, he was appointed Sunday Evening Lecturer at Lorimer's Hall, London. He afterwards preached in the Tabernacle, in connection with the Calvinistic Methodists. The date of his death is unknown. He published some treatises on doctrinal subjects, and on the duties of the ministry. In 1742, he published "Hymns for Christian Worship." His hymns have been published by Sedgwick (1860). --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A., 1872.… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Now may the Spirit's holy fire
Title: Invoking the Holy Spirit
Author: Robert Seagrave
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Tune

ST. ANNE

Though no firm documentation exists, ST. ANNE was probably composed by William Croft (PHH 149), possibly when he was organist from 1700-1711 at St. Anne's Church in Soho, London, England. (According to tradition, St. Anne was the mother of the Virgin Mary.) The tune was first published in A Suppleme…

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