Thou Spirit of Almighty God,
Of Whom the Christ in promise spoke,
When sorrow cast its gloom abroad,
And throbbing hearts the stillness broke;
They know Thy power who sorrow most,
Come then to soothe, O Holy Ghost.
Thou cam'st to fill the vacant place,
Lest heedless souls should Christ forget,
To show His deeds and words of grace,
When He had risen from Olivet;
To close the links by parting riven,
And bind their souls to His, in heaven.
Thy power is in the souls of men
To burn their dross with heavenly flame,
To rouse the faint to life again,
The erring from their ways reclaim;
Thy calm the troubled soul pervades,
And night before Thy rising fades.
Almighty God, Thou Holy Ghost,
Our hearts refresh, our souls inspire
Come as Thou cam'st at Pentecost,
As rending wind, or tongues of fire;
And when our lips are moved to praise,
Thy grace shall be their theme always.
Brownlie, John, was born at Glasgow, Aug. 6, 1857, and was educated at Glasgow University, and at the Free Church College in the same city. In 1884 he was licensed by the Presbytery of Glasgow; in 1885 he became Assistant Minister of the Free Church, Portpatrick, and on the death of the Senior Minister in 1890 he entered upon the full charge of the Church there. He has interested himself in educational matters, became a Member of the local School Board in 1888, a governor of Stranraer High School in 1897, and Chairman of the governors in 1901. His hymnological works are:—
1. The Hymns and Hymnwriters of the [Scottish] Church Hymnary, 1899. This is a biographical, historical, and critical companion to that hymnal, and is well done and… Go to person page >