Scripture Verse

I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever; even the Spirit of truth. John 14:16–17

Introduction

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George Rawson
1807–1889

Words: George Raw­son, in the Leeds Hymn Book, 1853.

Music: Irene (Schole­field) Cle­ment C. Schole­field, 1874 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Clement C. Scholefield
1839–1904

Lyrics

Come to our poor na­ture’s night,
With Thy bless­èd in­ward light,
Holy Ghost, the In­fi­nite,
Comforter di­vine.

We are sin­ful—cleanse us, Lord;
Sick and faint—Thy strength af­ford;
Lost—un­til by Thee re­stored,
Comforter di­vine.

Orphans are our souls, and poor;
Give us from Thy heav­en­ly store
Faith, love, joy for ev­er­more,
Comforter di­vine.

Like the dew Thy peace dis­til;
Guide, sub­due our way­ward will,
Things of Christ un­fold­ing still,
Comforter di­vine.

Gentle, aw­ful, ho­ly Guest,
Make Thy tem­ple in each breast;
There Thy pre­sence be con­fessed,
Comforter di­vine.

With us, for us, in­ter­cede,
And, with voice­less groan­ings, plead
Our un­ut­ter­able need,
Comforter di­vine.

In us Ab­ba, Fa­ther! cry,
Earnest of the bliss on high,
Seal of im­mor­tal­i­ty,
Comforter di­vine.

Search for us the depths of God;
Upwards by the star­ry road,
Bear us to Thy high abode,
Comforter di­vine.