308. 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 lowliness 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 out-pass the pow'r of human telling;
no soul can guess its grace,
till he 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, d. 1434
Translator: Richard Frederick Littledale (1867, alt.)
Meter: 66 65 D
Language: English
Publication Date: 2023
Topic: The Holy Spirit
Tune Information
Harmonizer: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1906)
Meter: 66 65 D
Key: D Major
Source: English folk tune

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