St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
Ayer, Massachusetts

Faith, Community, and Love

Music at St. Andrew's

Hymn 516: "Come down, O Love divine"


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Hymn 516: "Come down, O Love divine"


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Come down, O love divine,
seek thou this soul of mine,
and visit it with thine own ardor glowing;
O Comforter, draw near,
within my heart appear,
and kindle it, thy holy flame bestowing.

O let it freely burn,
till earthly passions turn
to dust and ashes in its heat consuming;
and let thy glorious light
shine ever on my sight,
and clothe me round, the while my path illuming.

And so the yearning strong,
with which the soul will long,
shall far outpass the power of human telling;
for none can guess its grace,
till Love create a place
wherein the Holy Spirit makes a dwelling.

Words: Bianco di Siena (d. 1434?); tr. Richard Frederick Littledale (1833-1890), alt.
Music: Down Ampney, Ralph Vaughn Williams (1872-1958)
Midi: Copyright 1995 by Rob Getman. Used by permission.