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Like the murmur of the dove’s song

Like the murmur of the dove’s song. Carl P. Daw, Jr.* (1944- ). Written for H82 at the request of the texts committee. It was written to fit the tune BRIDEGROOM by Peter Cutts*. Daw has noted that the opening line comes from an observation in Religion in Our Time by Louis Evely (New York, 1968): ‘the image of the dove was chosen not because of the shape of the bird, but because of the moan. The dove murmurs all the time.’ The hymn then uses the traditional Pentecostal imagery of wind and flame. The second stanza prays for the Holy Spirit to come to ‘the members of Christ’s body’, the Church, and the third is concerned with the benefits of the Holy Spirit, the healing of division, love,...

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