Composer: Orlando Gibbons

Orlando Gibbons (baptised 25 December 1583 – 5 June 1625) was an English composer, virginalist and organist of the late Tudor and early Jacobean periods. He was a leading composer in the England of his day. Gibbons was born in Cambridge and christened at Oxford the same year – thus appearing in Oxford church records. Between 1596 and 1598 he sang in the Choir of King's College, Cambridge, where his brother Edward Gibbons (1568–1650), eldest of the four sons of William Gibbons, was master of the choristers. The second brother Ellis Gibbons (1573–1603) was also a promising composer, but died young. Orlando entered the university in 1598 and achieved the degree of Bachelor of Music in 1606. James I appointed him a Gentleman of th… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Orlando Gibbons (1623)
Incipit: 55365 54352 23142
Key: G Major


Love of the Father, love of God the Son

Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart

Spirit of God, who dwells within my heart,
wean it from sin, through all its pulses move.
Stoop to my weakness, mighty as you are,
and make me love you as I ought to love.

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Lead us, O Father, in the paths of peace


Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #1170
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The Cyber Hymnal #3881
Text: Love of the Father
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Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #253

Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #493


Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #1170

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Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #495

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Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #186

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Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #432

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Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #703


Small Church Music #1898


The Cyber Hymnal #3881

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The New English Hymnal #409

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