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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
 
The Rivulet (1871).
III. “Gracious Spirit”
By Thomas Toke Lynch (1818–1871)
 
GRACIOUS Spirit, dwell with me,—
I myself would gracious be,
And with words that help and heal
Would Thy life in mine reveal;
And with actions bold and meek        5
Would for Christ my Saviour speak.
 
Truthful Spirit, dwell with me,—
I myself would truthful be;
And with wisdom kind and clear
Let Thy life in mine appear;        10
And with actions brotherly
Speak my Lord’s sincerity.
 
Tender Spirit, dwell with me,—
I myself would tender be;
Shut my heart up like a flower        15
At temptation’s darksome hour;
Open it when shines the sun,
And His love by fragrance own.
 
Silent Spirit, dwell with me,—
I myself would quiet be,        20
Quiet as the growing blade
Which through earth its way has made;
Silently, like morning light,
Putting mists and chills to flight.
 
Mighty Spirit, dwell with me,—        25
I myself would mighty be,
Mighty so as to prevail
Where unaided man must fail;
Ever by a mighty hope
Pressing on and bearing up.        30
 
Holy Spirit, dwell with me,—
I myself would holy be;
Separate from sin, I would
Choose and cherish all things good;
And whatever I can be        35
Give to Him who gave me Thee.
 
 
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