Come, Holy Ghost, our hearts inspire

Come, Holy Ghost, our hearts inspire. Charles Wesley* (1707-1788). First published in Hymns and Sacred Poems (1740), with the title ‘Before Reading the Scriptures’, as the third of three hymns addressed in turn to each Person of the Trinity. In its original form, consisting of four 4-line stanzas, the hymn has continued to be widely used, both within Methodism and by many other churches. There is manuscript evidence that two textual amendments, which were incorporated into John Wesley’s A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the People called Methodists (1780), were made by Charles himself: the substitution of ‘thine’ for ‘thy’ in verse 1 line 2, and of ‘celestial’ for ‘prolific’ in verse 3...

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