Come, Holy Spirit, heavenly dove

Come, Holy Spirit, heavenly dove. Isaac Watts* (1674-1748). First published in Hymns and Spiritual Songs (1707), from Book II, ‘Composed on Divine Subjects, Conformable to the Word of God’. It was entitled ‘Breathing after the Holy Spirit; or, Fervency of Devotion desir’d’. It had five 4-line stanzas: Come, Holy Spirit, Heavenly Dove,   With all thy quickning Powers, Kindle a Flame of sacred Love   In these cold Hearts of ours. Look, how we grovel here below,   And hug these trifling Toys; Our Souls can neither fly nor go   To reach Eternal Joys. In vain we tune our formal Songs,   In vain we strive to rise, Hosannas languish on our Tongues,   And our Devotion dies. Dear Lord! and shall we...

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