O for one celestial ray. Anne Steele and A. M. Toplady. [Prayer for the Holy Spirit.] This hymn is based on the 12 concluding lines of Miss Steele's poem on "Captivity," published in her Poems, &c, 1760, vol. ii. p. 46 (Sedgwick's reprint, 1863, p. 227), and appeared in A. M. Toplady's Psalms & Hymns, 1776, No. 194, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines. This form of the text is in a few modern collections, including the Baptist Psalms & Hymns, 1858, and others.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Instances (1 - 5 of 5)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|The Baptist Harp: a new collection of hymns for the closet, the family, social worship, and revivals #150||O for one celestial ray||Toplady||1849|
|The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book: being "The Plymouth Collection" enlarged and adapted to the use of Baptist churches #1407||Oh, for one celestial ray||Toplady||1857|
|The Choralist #d247||Divine light||O for one celestial ray||Augustus M. Toplady, 1740-1778||1859|
|The Virginia Selection of Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs: from the most approved authors; adapted to the various occasions of public and social meetings (New Ed. Enl. and Imp.) #267||O for one celestial ray||Augustus M. Toplady, 1740-1778||1842|
|Virginia Selection of Psalms #d317||O for one celestial ray||Augustus M. Toplady, 1740-1778||1836|