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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