Scripture Verse

There came a sound from Heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. Acts 2:2

Introduction

Words: Will­iam W. How, in Church Hymns, by the So­ci­e­ty for Pro­mot­ing Chris­tian Know­ledge, 1871.

Music: Elm­hurst Ed­win D. Drew­ett, 1887 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

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William W. How
1823–1897

Lyrics

O heavenly fount of light and love,
Adoring praise to Thee we pay;
Pour down, blest Spirit, from above
Fresh streams of grace this day.

Thou, o’er the everlasting Son
Hovering with wings of living light
Anointed Israel’s champion
To fight the awful fight.

At Pentecost Thou camest down
As sound of rushing wind went by,
With tongues of heavenly fire to crown
That glorious company.

Thou on each new-born child of grace
Dost now in hidden power descend
To strengthen for life’s weary race,
To comfort and defend.

Thou in each meek and lowly heart,
With streams of living waters bright,
Sweet Fount of strength and gladness art,
Fresh Spring of life and light.

Thee, Spirit blest, All-Holy One,
In songs of triumph we adore,
For, with the Father and the Son,
Thou reignest evermore.