When God of old came down from heavenAuthor: John Keble
Published in 95 hymnals
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1 When God of old came down from heaven,
In power and wrath he came'
Before His feet the clouds were riven,
Half darkness and half flame;
2 But when He came the second time,
He came in power and love;
softer than gale at morning prime
Hover'd His holy Dove.
3 The fires that rush'd on Sinai down
In sudden torrents dread,
Now gently light, a glorious crown,
On every sainted head.
4 And as on Israel's awe-struck ear
The voice exceeding loud,
The trump, that angels quake to hear,
Thrill'd from the deep dark cloud;
5 So, when the Spirit of our God
Came down His flock to find,
A voice from heaven was heard abroad,
A rushing mighty wind.
6 It fills the Church of God; it fills
The sinful world around;
Only in stubborn hearts and wills
No place for it is found.
7 Come Lord, come Wisdom, Love, and Power,
Open our ears to hear;
Let us not miss the accepted hour;
Save, Lord, by love or fear.
Source: Hymnal: according to the use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America #136
When God of old came down from heaven. J. Keble. [Whitsuntide.] First published in hisChristian Year, 1827, in 11 stanzas of 4 lines, as the poem for Whitsunday. In an abbreviated form it is in extensive use. A cento therefrom is given in a few American hymn-books as "Lo, when the Spirit of our God.” In Bishop Wordsworth's (St. Andrews) Series Collectarum, &c, 1890, stanzas i., iii., iv., vi., vii., ix., and xi. are rendered into Latin as "Olim cum Dominus supera descendit ab arce."
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Instances (1 - 5 of 5)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #816||When God of old came down from heaven||When God of old came down from heaven||WINCHESTER OLD||John Koble||2008|
|Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #199||When God of old came down from heaven||When God of old came down from heaven||WINCHESTER OLD||John Keble, 1792-1866||CM||2 Corinthians 6:2; Acts 2:1-4; Exodus 19:16-23; Hebrews 12:18-21; Psalm 18:7-15||2000||Pentecost ||
|Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #90||When God of old came down from heaven||When God of old came down from heaven||CM||1983|
|Small Church Music #5036||Stroudwater||When God of old came down from heaven||STROUDWATER||John Keble||126.96.36.199|
|The Cyber Hymnal #7267||When God of Old Came Down from Heav'n||When God of old came down from Heav'n||WINCHESTER OLD||John Keble||CM|