Holy Ghost, dispel our sadness (Benjamin Milgrove)
- Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2010-08-15). Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 63 kB Copyright: Personal
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Published: "Twelve hymns and a favourite lyric poem" Bath, 1781.
Description: The general congregation (sometimes divided into men and women) should sing the Air.
Original text and translations
Holy Ghost, dispel our sadness,
Pierce the clouds of sinful night;
Come, thou source of sweetest gladness,
Breathe thy life, and spread thy light!
Loving Spirit, God of peace,
Great distributor of grace,
Rest upon this congregation!
Hear, O hear our supplication.
From that height which knows no measure,
as a gracious show'r descend;
Bringing down the richest treasure
man can wish or God can send:
O Thou GLORY shining down
from the FATHER and the SON,
Grant us thy illumination!
Rest upon this congregation.
Come, thou best of all donations
GOD can give, or we implore;
Having thy sweet consolations,
we need wish for nothing more:
Come with unction and with pow'r,
on our souls thy graces show'r
Author of our new creation,
make our hearts thy habitation.
Manifest thy love for ever;
fence us in on ev'ry side;
In distress be our reliever;
guard and teach, support and guide:
Let thy kind, effectual grace
turn our feet from evil ways;
Shew thyself our new creator,
and conform us to thy nature.
Be our friend, on each occasion:
GOD omnipotent to save!
When we die be our salvation;
when we're buried, be our grave:
And, when from the grave we rise,
take us up above the skies;
Seat us with thy saints in glory,
there for ever to adore thee.