Sunday, May 24, 2015
The Feast of Pentecost
Come, O come, thou quick'ning Spirit,
God from all eternity!
May thy power never fail us;
Dwell within us constantly.
Then shall truth and life and light
Banish all the gloom of night.
Grant our hearts in fullest measure
Wisdom, counsel, purity,
That we ever may be seeking
Fuller faith as found in thee.
Let thy knowledge spread and grow,
Working error's overthrow.
If our souls can find no comfort
And despondency grows strong
That our hearts cry out in anguish:
"O my God, how long, how long?"
Comfort then each aching breast,
Grant us courage, patience, rest.
Holy Spirit, strong and mighty,
Thou who makest all things new,
Make thy work within us perfect,
All constraining pow'rs subdue.
Grant us victory in the strife
And with gladness crown our life.
Heinrich Held, c.1664; tr. Charles W. Schaeffer, 1866; alt.
Tune: PRESCOTT (18.104.22.168.7.7.)
Robert Prescott Stewart, 1868
Seven Years Ago: Joy, because the circling year
Six Years Ago: O prophet souls of all the years
Five Years Ago: Above the starry spheres
Four Years Ago: Hail thee, festival day
Three Years Ago: O God, the Holy Ghost
Two Years Ago: Hail festal day, through every age
One Year Ago: Spirit of grace and health and pow'r