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492. Come Down, O Love Divine

1 Come down, O love divine,
seek now this soul of mine,
and visit it with your own ardor glowing;
O Comforter, draw near,
within my heart appear,
and kindle it, your holy flame bestowing.

2 O let it freely burn,
till worldly 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 And so the yearning strong,
with which the soul will long,
shall far out-pass the power of human telling;
for none can guess its grace,
till love create 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
Translator: Richard F. Littledale (1867)
Meter: 6.6.11.D.
Language: English
Publication Date: 1995
Scripture: ; ;
Topic: Spirit and Sustainer; Holy Spirit; Holy Spirit--Illumination
Tune Information
Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1872-1958
Meter: 6.6.11.D.
Key: D Major
Source: From the English Hymnal (1906)
Copyright: Used by permission of Oxford University Press

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