646. 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 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 outpass the pow'r of human telling;
No soul can guess Love's grace
Till it become the place
Wherein the Holy Spirit makes a dwelling.

Text Information
First Line: Come down, O Love divine
Title: Come Down, O Love Divine
Latin Title: Discendi, Amor Santo
Author: Bianco da Siena, d. c. 1434
Translator: Richard F. Littledale, 1833-1890 (alt.)
Meter: 66 11 D
Language: English
Publication Date: 2016
Topic: Pentecost; Holy Spirit
Tune Information
Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1872-1958
Meter: 66 11 D
Key: D Major

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