Scripture Verse

The Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove. Luke 3:22

Introduction

Words: John Stock­er, in the Gos­pel Ma­ga­zine, July 1777.

Music: Mer­cy Lou­is M. Gott­schalk, 1867 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Stock­er (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
Louis M. Gottschalk
(1829–1869)

Lyrics

Gracious Spirit, Dove divine,
Let Thy light within me shine;
All my guilty fears remove,
Fill me full of Heav’n and love.

Speak Thy pardoning grace to me,
Set the burdened sinner free;
Lead me to the Lamb of God,
Wash me in His precious blood.

Life and peace to me impart,
Seal salvation in my heart;
Breathe Thyself into my breast,
Earnest of immortal rest.

Let me never from Thee stray,
Keep me in the narrow way;
Fill my soul with joy divine,
Keep me, Lord, forever Thine.

Guard me round, on every side,
Save me from self righteous pride;
Me with Jesu’s mind inspire,
Melt me with celestial fire.

Thou my dross and tin consume,
Let Thy inward kingdom come;
All my prayer and praise suggest,
Dwell and reign within my breast.