Scripture Verse

Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from Heaven and filled the whole house. Acts 2:2


Andrew Reed (1787–1862)

Words: An­drew Reed, in the Ev­an­ge­li­cal Ma­ga­zine, June 1829. Adapt­ed by Sam­uel Long­fel­low (1819–1892).

Music: Bre­con Ni­cho­las Heins (1839–1910) (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

  • Chatham from the Af­ri­can Me­tho­dist Epis­co­pal Hymn and Tune Book (Phi­la­del­phia Penn­syl­van­ia: Af­ri­can Me­tho­dist Epis­co­pal Book Con­cern, 1898), num­ber 129 (🔊 pdf nwc)
  • Lambeth Wil­helm A. F. Schult­hes, 1871 (🔊 pdf nwc)
  • Prière d’Es­prit W. C. Fos­ter, in Re­demp­tion Songs (Lon­don: Pick­er­ing & In­glis, prob­a­bly ear­ly 20th Cen­tu­ry) (🔊 pdf nwc)

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Heins (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Spirit di­vine, at­tend our pray­er,
And make our heart Thy home;
Descend with all Thy gra­cious pow­er;
Come, Holy Spi­rit, come.

Come as the light! to us re­veal
The truth we long to know;
Reveal the nar­row path of right,
The way of du­ty show.

Come as the fire and purge our hearts
Like sac­ri­fi­cial flame,
Till our whole souls an of­fer­ing be
To our Re­deem­er’s name.

Come as the dew, and sweet­ly bless
This con­se­crat­ed hour;
May bar­ren­ness re­joice to own
Thy fer­ti­liz­ing pow­er.

Come as the dove, and spread Thy wings,
The wings of peace­ful love;
And let Thy Church on earth be­come
Blest as Thy Church above.

Come as the wind, O breath of God!
O Pen­te­cos­tal grace!
Come, make Thy great sal­va­tion known,
Wide as the hu­man race.

Spirit di­vine, at­tend our pray­er;
Make a lost world Thy home;
Descend with all thy gra­cious pow­ers,
O come, great Spi­rit, come.