Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart

Words: George Croly, 1854 
(First appeared in his collection "Psalms and Hymns for Public Worship" of that date.)

Music:   "Morecambe," Fredrick C. Atkinson, 1870
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  1.  Spirit of God, descend upon my heart;
      Wean it from earth; through all its pulses move;
      Stoop to my weakness, mighty as Thou art;
      And make me love Thee as I ought to love.

  2.  I ask no dream, no prophet ecstasies,
      No sudden rending of the veil of clay,
      No angel visitant, no opening skies;
      But take the dimness of my soul away.

  3.  Teach me to feel that Thou art always nigh;
      Teach me the struggles of the soul to bear.
      To check the rising doubt, the rebel sigh,
      Teach me the patience of unanswered prayer.

  4.  Teach me to love Thee as Thine angels love,
      One holy passion filling all my frame;
      The kindling of the heaven descended Dove,
      My heart an altar, and Thy love the flame.

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