Monday, April 21, 2008
Spirit of God, descend upon my heart;
Wean it from earth; through all its pulses move;
Stoop to my weakness, mighty as Thou art;
And make me love Thee as I ought to love.
I ask no dream, no prophet ecstasies,
No sudden rending of the veil of clay,
No angel visitant, no opening skies;
But take the dimness of my soul away.
Teach me to feel that Thou art always nigh;
Teach me the struggles of the soul to bear.
To check the rising doubt, the rebel sigh,
Teach me the patience of unanswered prayer.
Hast Thou not bid me love Thee, God and King?
All, all Thine own, soul, heart and strength and mind.
I see Thy cross; there teach my heart to cling:
O let me seek Thee, and O let me find!
Teach me to love Thee as Thine angels love,
One holy passion filling all my frame;
The kindling of the heaven descended Dove,
My heart an altar, and Thy love the flame.
Words: George Croly, Psalms and Hymns for Public Worship (London: 1854).
Music: Morecambe, Frederick C. Atkinson, 1870 (MIDI, score); Atkinson originally wrote this tune for Abide With Me, but it never caught on.
This beautiful hymn along with Great Is Thy Faithfulness and The Church's One Foundation were sung yesterday's services at the church we attend here in Yakima. It was awesome! There are so many wonderful hymns available for us to praise and worship God. We need to take back our music and really praise and worship Him. Don't be afraid to raise the bar.
Material from cyberhymnal.org