Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams

Ralph Vaughan Williams; OM 12 October 1872 – 26 August 1958) was an English composer of symphonies, chamber music, opera, choral music, and film scores. He was also a collector of English folk music and song: this activity both influenced his editorial approach to the English Hymnal, beginning in 1904, in which he included many folk song arrangements set as hymn tunes, and also influenced several of his own original compositions. Ralph Vaughan Williams was born on 12 October 1872 in Down Ampney, Gloucestershire, where his father, the Reverend Arthur Vaughan Williams (the surname Vaughan Williams is an unhyphenated double-barrelled name of Welsh origin), was vicar. Following his father's death in 1875 he was taken by his mother, Margare… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1906)
Meter: 6.6.11 D
Incipit: 12356 55657 16556
Key: D Major
Source: From the English Hymnal (1906)
Copyright: Used by permission of Oxford University Press


Come Down, O Love Divine

Come down, O Love divine,
seek thou this soul of mine,
and visit it with thine own ardor glowing;
O Comforter, draw near,
within my heart appear,
and kindle it, thy holy flame bestowing.

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Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #822
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The Cyber Hymnal #1002
Text: Come Down, O Love Divine
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The United Methodist Hymnal #475
Text: Come Down, O Love Divine
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Worship and Rejoice #330
Text: Come Down, O Love Divine


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