Holy Ghost, we bid thee welcome
Holy Ghost, we bid thee welcome. Lelia Morris* (1862-1929).
First published in Songs of Redemption (Boston, Massachusetts, 1899), edited by Joshua Gill, Geo. A. McLaughlin, William J. Kirkpatrick*, and H.L. Gilmour. It had four stanzas which began:
‘Holy Ghost, we bid thee welcome’
‘Here, like empty earthen vessels’
‘Come like dew from heaven falling’
‘Hearts are open to receive thee’.
In some books there is a refrain:
Welcome, welcome, welcome, Holy Ghost, we welcome thee; Come in power and fill the temple, Holy Ghost, we welcome thee.
The hymn is found in some American books, and in Britain in the Song Book of the Salvation Army (1953 and 1986 editions), omitting the refrain...
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