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The Old-Time Fire

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1 Oh, for the flame of living fire,
Which shone so bright in saints of old,
Which bade their souls to heav’n aspire,
Calm in distress, in danger bold!

Send the old-time fire upon us, Lord!
Send the old-time fire upon us, Lord!
Send the old-time fire,
Oh, send the fire upon us, Lord,
And burn up all the dross!

2 Where is that Spirit, Lord, who dwelt
In Abram’s breast, and sealed him Thine?
Which made Paul’s heart with sorrow melt,
And glow with energy divine? [Chorus]

3 That Spirit who, from age to age,
Proclaimed Thy love, and taught Thy ways,
Brightened Isaiah’s vivid page,
And breathed in David’s hallowed lays! [Chorus]

4 Is not Thy grace as mighty now
As when Elijah felt its pow’r?
When glory beamed from Moses’ brow,
Or Job endured the trying hour? [Chorus]

5 Remember, Lord, the ancient days;
Renew Thy work, Thy grace restore;
And while to Thee our hearts we raise,
On us Thy holy Spirit pour! [Chorus]

Source: Tabernacle Hymns: Number Four: a choice collection of hymns and songs for every religious use #155

Author: William Hiley Bathurst

Bathurst, William Hiley , M.A., son of the Rt. Hon. Charles Bragge (afterwards Bathurst) some time M.P. for Bristol, born at Clevedale, near Bristol, Aug. 28, 1796, and educated at Winchester, and Christ Church, Oxford, graduating B.A. in 1818. From 1820 to 1852 he held the Rectory of Barwick-in-Elmet, near Leeds. Resigning the Rectory in the latter year, through his inability to reconcile his doctrinal views with the Book of Common Prayer, he retired into private life, and died at Lydney Park, Gloucestershire, Nov. 25, 1877. His works include, The Georgics of Virgil: Translated by W. H. B., 1849; Metrical Musings; or, Thoughts on Sacred Subjects in Verse, 1849; and Psalms and Hymns for Public and Private Use, 1831 (2nd ed. 1842). This last… Go to person page >

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First Line: O for that flame of living fire
Title: The Old-Time Fire
Author: William Hiley Bathurst
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Send the old-time fire upon us, Lord
Copyright: Public Domain


[O for that flame of living fire] (Towner)

MENDON (17151)


Also known as: ST. PHILIPS BENEDICTION GRANTON NAZARETH MELCOMBE was first used as an anonymous chant tune (with figured bass) in the Roman Catholic Mass and was published in 1782 in An Essay on the Church Plain Chant. It was first ascribed to Samuel Webbe (the elder; b. London, England, 1740; d.…

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