Lord, Pour Thy Spirit from on High

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1 Pour out Your Spirit from on high;
Lord, Your ordained servants bless;
graces and gifts to each supply,
and clothe Your priests with righteousness.

2 Within the temple when they stand
to teach the gospel full and free,
Saviour, like stars in Your right hand
the angels of the churches be.

3 Wisdom and zeal and faith impart,
firmness with meekness, from above,
to bear Your people on their heart,
and love the souls You hold in love.

4 To watch and pray and never faint,
by day and night strict guard to keep,
to warn the sinner, cheer the saint,
nourish Your lambs and feed Your sheep.

5 Then when their work is finished here,
in humble hope their work is done,
when the Chief Shepherd shall appear,
in Him may they and we be one.

Source: The Irish Presbyterian Hymbook #484

Author: James Montgomery

James Montgomery (b. Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland, 1771; d. Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, 1854), the son of Moravian parents who died on a West Indies mission field while he was in boarding school, Montgomery inherited a strong religious bent, a passion for missions, and an independent mind. He was editor of the Sheffield Iris (1796-1827), a newspaper that sometimes espoused radical causes. Montgomery was imprisoned briefly when he printed a song that celebrated the fall of the Bastille and again when he described a riot in Sheffield that reflected unfavorably on a military commander. He also protested against slavery, the lot of boy chimney sweeps, and lotteries. Associated with Christians of various persuasions, Montgomery supported missio… Go to person page >



Henry Kemble Oliver (b. Beverly, MA, 1800; d. Salem, MA, 1885) composed FEDERAL STREET in 1832, possibly as an imitation of earlier psalm tunes in long meter. He took it to a music class taught by Lowell Mason (who may have contributed to the harmony); Mason (PHH 96) published it in his Boston Acade…

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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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Ambassador Hymnal #300

Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #457

Church Hymnal, Mennonite #599

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Common Praise #554a

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Common Praise #554b

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CPWI Hymnal #700

Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard Edition #282

Hymns of the Saints #364

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The Book of Praise #581


The Cyber Hymnal #4009


The Cyber Hymnal #5614

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The Irish Presbyterian Hymbook #484

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The New English Hymnal #322


Together in Song #451

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