Spirit of God, that moved of old

Spirit of God, that moved of old

Author: Cecil Frances Alexander
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1 Spirit of God, that moved of old
Upon the waters' darkened face,
Come, when our faithless hearts are cold,
And stir them with an inward grace.

2 Thou that art pow'r and peace combined,
All highest strength, all purest love,
The rushing of the mighty wind,
The brooding of the gentle dove.

3 Come, give us still thy pow'rful aid,
And urge us on, and make us thine;
Nor leave the hearts that once were made
Fit temples for thy grace divine.

4 Nor let us quench thy sev'nfold light;
But still with softest breathings stir
Our wayward souls, and lead us right,
O Holy Ghost, the Comforter.


Source: Trinity Hymnal #255

Author: Cecil Frances Alexander

Alexander, Cecil Frances, née Humphreys, second daughter of the late Major John Humphreys, Miltown House, co. Tyrone, Ireland, b. 1823, and married in 1850 to the Rt. Rev. W. Alexander, D.D., Bishop of Derry and Raphoe. Mrs. Alexander's hymns and poems number nearly 400. They are mostly for children, and were published in her Verses for Holy Seasons, with Preface by Dr. Hook, 1846; Poems on Subjects in the Old Testament, pt. i. 1854, pt. ii. 1857; Narrative Hymns for Village Schools, 1853; Hymns for Little Children, 1848; Hymns Descriptive and Devotional, 1858; The Legend of the Golden Prayers 1859; Moral Songs, N.B.; The Lord of the Forest and his Vassals, an Allegory, &c.; or contributed to the Lyra Anglicana, the S.P.C.K. Psalms and Hym… Go to person page >

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First Line: Spirit of God, that moved of old
Author: Cecil Frances Alexander
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Spirit of God, that moved of old. Cecil F. Alexander, née Humphreys. [Whitsuntide.] Appeared in the Society for Promoting Christian KnowledgeHymns, 1852, No. 70, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines. In Mrs. Alexander's Hymns Descriptive and Devotional, 1858, No. 15, it was republished in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, the new stanza, the third, being "Unseal the well within our hearts." The 1852 text is that usually given in modern hymnbooks. In Dr. Martineau's Hymns, &c, 1873. No. 95 is an altered form of stanzas ii.-iv. of the 1852 text, and begins, "Thou Power and Peace! in Whom we find." -- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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