Lord, Pour Thy Spirit from on High

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

2 Within your temple when we stand
to hear your truth you taught, may they,
Saviour, like stars in your right hand
true pastors 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 their souls with your own 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 charge lay down,
when the Chief Shepherd shall appear
receive the everlasting crown.

Source: Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #451

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 >

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FEDERAL STREET

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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HAMBURG

Lowell Mason (PHH 96) composed HAMBURG (named after the German city) in 1824. The tune was published in the 1825 edition of Mason's Handel and Haydn Society Collection of Church Music. Mason indicated that the tune was based on a chant in the first Gregorian tone. HAMBURG is a very simple tune with…

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MELCOMBE (Webbe)

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. Lo…

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The Cyber Hymnal #4009
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The Cyber Hymnal #5614
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Instances

Instances (1 - 10 of 10)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #300
Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #457
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #554aPage Scan
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #554bPage Scan
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #282
Hymns of the Saints: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #364
The Cyber Hymnal #4009TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #5614TextScoreAudio
The New English Hymnal #322TextPage Scan
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #451Text
Include 185 pre-1979 instances
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