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What though my joys and comfort die?
The Lord my savior liveth.
What though the darkness gather round?
Songs in the night he giveth.

(My Life Flows On In Endless Song)

The Spirit Came, As Promised

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Source: Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #418

Author: J. E. Seddon

James E. Seddon (b. Ormskirk, Lancashire, England, 1915; d. London, England, 1983) received his musical training at the London College of Music and Trinity College in London and his theological training at the Bible Churchmen's Theological College (now Trinity College) in Bristol. He served various Anglican parishes in England from 1939 to 1945 as well as from 1967 to 1980. Seddon was a missionary in Morocco from 1945 to 1955 and the home secretary for the Bible Churchmen's Missionary Society from 1955 to 1967. Many of his thirty hymns are based on mission­ary themes; he wrote some in Arabic while he lived in Morocco. Seddon joined other Jubilate Group participants to produce Psalm Praise (1973) and Hymns for Today's Church (1982). Bert… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: The Spirit came as promised
Title: The Spirit Came, As Promised
Author: J. E. Seddon (1973)
Meter: 7.6.7.6 D
Language: English
Copyright: © 1973, Hope Publishing Co.

Notes

Scripture References:
st. 1 = Eph. 1:13, 17-19, Eph. 2:18
st. 2 = Eph. 2:21-22, Eph. 3:16-19, 1 Cor. 6:19
st. 3 = Eph. 4:3-4, 11-13, 29-31
st. 4 = Eph. 5:8-20, Eph. 6:17-18

James E. Seddon (PHH 15) based this Pentecost hymn entirely on references to the Holy Spirit in Ephesians. Essentially a teaching hymn about the Holy Spirit (see also 415 and 416) the text was first published in the British Psalm Praise (1973).

Liturgical Use:
In any service as a teaching hymn about the work of the Holy Spirit, especially with sermons from Ephesians; as a sermon summary, response, or confessional hymn (sung confession of faith); select stanzas in many different places in the order of worship.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988

Tune

ELLACOMBE

Published in a chapel hymnal for the Duke of Würtemberg (Gesangbuch der Herzogl, 1784), ELLACOMBE (the name of a village in Devonshire, England) was first set to the words "Ave Maria, klarer und lichter Morgenstern." During the first half of the nineteenth century various German hymnals altered the…

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BEFIEHL DU DEINE WEGE (Bastiaans)

Dutch organist Johannes G. Bastiaans (b. Wilp, the Netherlands, 1812; d. Haarlem, the Netherlands, 1875) composed BEFIEHL DU DEINE WEGE as a setting for the Dutch translation (by Bernard ter Haar) of Paul Gerhardt's (PHH 42) German text "Befiehl du deine Wege." Each of the tune's four lines are melo…

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Timeline

Instances

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Church Family Worship #314

Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #313

Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #244

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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #418

Sing Glory #450

The Irish Presbyterian Hymbook #479

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