O Holy Spirit! now descend on me (Charles H. Giffen)
- Editor: Charles H. Giffen (submitted 2018-09-23). Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 82 kB Copyright: CC BY NC SA
- Edition notes: The MP3 sound file simulates (0) organ alone as introduction, (1) first stanza voices with organ, (2) second stanza voices alone (with somewhat modified harmonization), (3) voices and descant with organ, (4) voices with organ in an alternate harmonization, (5) voices and descant with organ in the alternate harmonization. The score has the modifications and alternate harmonization.
First published: 2017
Description: This hymn sets the first four and final stanza of the nine stanza text by Christina Forsyth. it is suitable for the Pentecost season. The tune MacKillop 10 (10 10. 10 10) is adapted from the composer's original Long Meter tune MacKillop. The Soprano descant is given to the third stanza and again on the final stanza, modified to fit the altered harmonization of the last two stanzas.
Original text and translations
1 O Holy Spirit! now descend on me,
As showers of rain upon a thirsty ground;
Cause me to flourish as a spreading tree,
May all Thy precious fruits in me be found.
2 Be Thou my "Teacher" -- to my soul reveal
The breadth and depth and height of Jesus’ love.
Now on my soul Thy blest instruction seal,
Raising my thought and heart to things above.
3 Be Thou my "Comforter" -- when I’m distress'd,
Oh, gently soothe my sorrows, calm my grief,
Help me to find upon my Savior’s breast,
In every hour of trial, sure relief.
4 Be Thou my "Guide" into "all truth" divine,
Give me increasing knowledge of my God;
Show me the glories that in Jesus shine,
And make my heart the place of His abode.
5 Blest Spirit! I would yield myself to Thee
Do more for me than I can ask or think;
Let me Thy holy habitation be,
And daily deeper from Thy fullness drink.
— Christina Forsyth (1825-1859)