1. When the blest day of Pentecost
Was fully come; the Holy Ghost
Descended from above,
Sent by the Father and the Son,
(The sender and the sent are one)
The Lord of life and love.
2. Within one house, with one accord,
The faithful followers of our Lord
Waiting his promise sit;
That vested with supernal Power
They might be then, and not before,
To preach the gospel fit.
3. Sudden a rushing wind they hear;
And fiery cloven tongues appear;
It sat on every one.
Cloven, perhaps, to be the sign
That God no longer would confine
His word to Jesus alone.
4. To every nation under heaven
To hear the gospel-sound is given;
The call to all extends.
As ours was parted long ago;
So God divides his language too,
And after sinners sends.
5. And were these first disciples blest
With heavenly gifts? And shall the rest
Be passed unheeded by?
What! Has the Holy Spirit forgot
To quicken souls that Christ has bought;
And lets them lifeless lie?
6. No, thou almighty Paraclete;
Thou sheddest thy heavenly influence yet;
Thou visitest sinners still:
Thy breath of life, thy quickening flame,
Thy power, thy Godhead, still the same,
We own; because we feel.
Hart, Joseph, was born in London in 1712. His early life is involved in obscurity. His education was fairly good; and from the testimony of his brother-in-law, and successor in the ministry in Jewin Street, the Rev. John Hughes, "his civil calling was" for some time "that of a teacher of the learned languages." His early life, according to his own Experience which he prefaced to his Hymns, was a curious mixture of loose conduct, serious conviction of sin, and endeavours after amendment of life, and not until Whitsuntide, 1757, did he realize a permanent change, which was brought about mainly through his attending divine service at the Moravian Chapel, in Fetter Lane, London, and hearing a sermon on Rev. iii. 10. During the next two years ma… Go to person page >