289. Come Forth, O Love Divine

1 Come forth, 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 earthly passions turn
to dust and ashes in its heat consuming;
And let your 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 a place
wherein the Holy Spirit makes a dwelling.

Text Information
First Line: Come forth, O Love divine
Title: Come Forth, O Love Divine
Author: Bianco da Siena, d. 1434
Meter: 6.6.11.D.
Language: English
Publication Date: 1995
Topic: Holy Spirit: Comforter; Holy Spirit: Illuminator; Pentecost: Day of (5 more...)
Tune Information
Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1906)
Meter: 6.6.11.D.
Key: D Major

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