Come, Holy Ghost, all-quickening fire/Come, and my hallowed heart inspire

Come, Holy Ghost, all quickening fire/Come, and my hallowed heart inspire. Charles Wesley* (1707-88). This companion hymn to ‘Come, Holy Ghost, all-quickening fire/Come and in me’* [delight to rest’] was published one year later than that hymn. It was in Hymns and Sacred Poems (1740), where it was entitled ‘Hymn to God the Sanctifier’. It was a longer hymn of eight stanzas, with (like the earlier hymn) the first stanza repeated as the last, with one principal alteration, in which line 2 was changed from ‘Come, and my hallowed heart inspire’ to ‘My consecrated heart inspire’. The change marks the process of the hymn, which is a prayer for a sinless life, so that consecration becomes the...

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