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Come, Holy Spirit, Come!   5 comments

Above:  Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit, Cumming, Georgia, June 12, 2011 

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

(https://picasaweb.google.com/114749828757741527421/EpiscopalChurchOfTheHolySpirit#5617438065359600834)

Hymn Source = The New Psalms and Hymns (1901), of the Presbyterian Church in the United States

Words (1759) by the Reverend Joseph Hart (1712-1768)

Words revised in 1776 by the Reverend Augustus Toplady (1740-1778), a Calvinistic Anglican who criticized John Wesley strongly

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1.  Come, Holy Spirit, come!

Let Thy bright beams arise;

Dispel the darkness from our minds,

And open Thou our eyes.

2.  Revive our drooping faith,

Our doubts and fears remove,

And kindle in our breasts the flame

Of never-dying love.

3.  Convince us of our sin;

Then lead to Jesus’ blood;

And to our wondering view reveal

The secret love of God.

4.  ‘Tis Thine to cleanse the heart,

To sanctify the soul,

To pour fresh life on every part,

And new create the whole.

5.  Dwell therefore in our hearts;

Our minds from bondage free;

Then shall we know, and praise, and love,

The Father, Son, and Thee.