Sunday, May 15, 2016

The Feast of Pentecost

Our blest Redeemer, ere he breathed
His tender last farewell,
A Guide, a Comforter, bequeathed
With us to dwell.

She came in semblance of a dove,
With sheltering wings outspread,
The holy balm of peace and love
On earth to shed.

She came in tongues of living flame
To teach, convince, subdue,
All pow'rful as the wind she came
As viewless too.

And hers that gentle voice we hear,
Soft as the breath of ev'n,
That checks each fault, that calms each fear,
And speaks of heav’n.

Spirit of purity and grace,
Our love, we plead thee, see:
O make our hearts thy dwelling place
And worthier thee.

Harriet Auber, 1829; alt.
Edmund S. Carter, 1874

This text by Anglican hymnwriter Harriet Auber (somewhat amended here) is cited by John Julian in his Dictionary of Hymnology as one of her most well-known, and it did still appear in twentieth-century hymnals, though perhaps not as often in the present day.

The much less famous Edmund Sardinson Carter (1845-1923), another Victorian member of the clergy with musical tendencies, probably wrote more tunes than the few currently mentioned online.

Eight (Liturgical) Years Ago: Joy! because the circling year

Seven (Liturgical) Years Ago:  O prophet souls of all the years

Seven (Calendar) Years Ago: Samuel Webbe

Six (Liturgical) Years Ago: Above the starry spheres

Six (Calendar) Years Ago: Austin C. Lovelace    

Five (Liturgical) Years Ago: Hail thee, festival day

Four (Liturgical) Years Ago: Hail festal day! through every age

Three (Liturgical) Years Ago: O God, the Holy Ghost

Three (Calendar) Years Ago: Samuel Webbe

Two (Liturgical) Years Ago: Spirit of grace and health and pow'r

One (Liturgical) Year Ago: Come, O come, thou quick'ning Spirit


Bob Gibbs said...

You wrote an article about my grandmother Ada Rose who composed the hymn Channels only. I have posted further information about her at:

Do get in touch if I can help you further

Bob -

C.W.S. said...

Wow! Thanks, Bob. I felt sure that she had written more tunes than the handful I was able to find and here they are. I will be spending some time looking through all this material in the days to come. I really appreciate your sharing it.

Bob Gibbs said...

Thrilled you were interested - I'll post this info to your original Ada Rose entry - doing some research on her at the moment. Bob