264. O for That Flame of Living Fire

1 O for that flame of living fire
Which shone so bright in saints of old;
Which bade their souls to heaven aspire,
Calm in distress, in danger bold!

2 Where is that spirit, Lord, which dwelt
In Abram’s breast, and sealed Him Thine?
Which made Paul’s heart with sorrow melt,
And glow with energy divine?

3 That spirit which from age to age
Proclaimed Thy love, and taught Thy ways?
Brightened Isaiah’s vivid page,
And breathed in David’s hallowed lays?

4 Is not Thy grace as mighty now
As when Elijah felt its power?
When glory beamed from Moses’ brow,
Or Job endured the trying hour?

5 Remember, Lord, the ancient days;
Renew Thy work, Thy grace restore;
And while to Thee our hearts we raise,
On us Thy Holy Spirit pour.

Text Information
First Line: O for that flame of living fire
Title: O for That Flame of Living Fire
Author: William H. Bathurst (1796-1877) (1831)
Meter: L.M.
Publication Date: 1985
Topic: Holy Spirit
Tune Information
Arranger: Samuel Dyer (1785-1835) (1825)
Meter: L.M.
Incipit: 17151 71213 16212
Key: A♭ Major
Source: German Melody

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