271. 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 its glorious light
shine ever on my sight,
and clothe me round, the while my path illuming.

3 And so the glory strong,
for which the soul will long,
shall far out-pass the power of human telling;
for none can guess its grace,
till we 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
Author: Bianco da Siena, d. c. 1434
Translator: Richard Frederick Littledale, 1833-1890 (alt.)
Meter: 6.6.11.D.
Language: English
Publication Date: 1993
Topic: Jewish and Christian Teachings: Pentecost; Prayer and Meditation; Spirituality and Spiritual Growth
Tune Information
Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1872-1958
Meter: 6.6.11.D.
Key: D Major

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