587. Come Down, O Love Divine

1 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.

2 O let it freely burn, till earthly passions turn
to dust and ashes in its heat consuming;
and let thy glorious light shine ever on my sight,
and clothe me round, the while my path illuming.

3 Let holy charity mine outward vesture be,
and loneliness become mine inner clothing—
true lowliness of heart, which takes the humbler part,
and o'er its own shortcomings weeps with loathing.

4 And so the yearning strong, with which the soul will long,
shall far outpass the power of human telling;
no soul can guess its grace till it become the place
wherein the Holy Spirit makes his dwelling.

Text Information
First Line: Come down, O Love divine
Title: Come Down, O Love Divine
Author: Bianco da Siena, c. 1350-1434
Translator: Richard F. Littledale, 1833-1890
Meter: 66 11 D
Language: English
Publication Date: 2021
Scripture: ; ; ; ;
Topic: Work of the Spirit
Copyright: Public Domain
Tune Information
Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1872-1958
Meter: 66 11 D
Key: D Major
Copyright: Public Domain

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