Hymn: “Come, Holy Spirit, Come”

Tomorrow is Pentecost, so in this quasi-monthly series on old and favorite hymns, today we turn to a hymn to the Holy Spirit.

Come, Holy Spirit, come;
Let thy bright beams arise;
Dispel the darkness from our minds,
And open all our eyes.

Cheer our desponding hearts,
Thou heavenly Paraclete;
Give us to lie with humble hope
At our Redeemer’s feet.

Revive our drooping faith;
Our doubts and fears remove;
And kindle in our breasts the flames
Of never dying love.

Convince us of our sin;
Then lead to Jesus’ blood,
And to our wondering view reveal
The secret love of God.

Show us that loving Man
That rules the courts of bliss,
The Lord of Hosts, the Mighty God,
The Eternal Prince of Peace.

’Tis thine to cleanse the heart,
To sanctify the soul,
To pour fresh life in every part,
And new create the whole.

Dwell, therefore, in our hearts;
Our minds from bondage free;
Then we shall know and praise and love
The Father, Son, and thee.

While I do consider it something of a favorite, this hymn is not one that I get to sing much. I first encountered it only a couple of years ago, in the Cardiphonia collection of Pentecost songs. And in the Pentecost season, I’m more likely to choose my favorite Pentecost hymn when the choice of what to sing falls to me.

While on the whole I tend to prefer hymns with long and many verses, I also like songs with briefer—and thus more memorable—verses, so long as they don’t make the song as a whole too short by having only a very few verses. So this hymn fits the niche of short-verse songs very well.

This hymn also contains an example of another sometime-interest of mine. I like hymns that end with doxologies, and especially doxologies that are an organic part of the hymn in question and wouldn’t really fit so well in another. Arguably this entire hymn is one seven-stanza doxology, but the Trinitarian formulation at the end is a particularly good example of a unique doxology.

Do you have any thoughts about this hymn? And what’s your favorite Pentecost hymn?

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