Scripture Verse

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

Introduction

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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-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lyrics

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
In love’s redeeming 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.