O for that flame of living fire
O for that flame of living fire. William Hiley Bathurst* (1796-1877).
From Bathurst’s Psalms and Hymns for Public and Private Use (1831, ‘By W.H. Bathurst, M.A., Rector of Barwick-in-Elmet’). It had five stanzas, preceded by the words ‘For an increase of grace’:
O for that flame of living fire Which shone so bright in saints of old; Which bade their souls to heaven aspire, Calm in distress, in danger bold.
Where is that Spirit, Lord, which dwelt In Abraham’s breast and seal’d him thine; Which made Paul’s heart with sorrow melt, And glow with energy divine?
That Spirit, which from age to age Proclaim’d thy love, and taught thy ways; Brighten’d Isaiah’s vivid page, And...
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