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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
 
“Spirit Divine, attend our prayers”
By Andrew Reed (1787–1862)
 
SPIRIT DIVINE, attend our prayers,
  And make this house Thy home;
Descend with all Thy gracious powers,—
  O come, Great Spirit, come!
 
Come as the light—to us reveal        5
  Our emptiness and woe;
And lead us in those paths of life
  Where all the righteous go.
 
Come as the fire—and purge our hearts
  Like sacrificial flame;        10
Let our whole soul an offering be
  To our Redeemer’s name.
 
Come as the dew—and sweetly bless
  This consecrated hour;
May barrenness rejoice to own        15
  Thy fertilising power.
 
Come as the dove—and spread Thy wings,
  The wings of peaceful love;
And let Thy Church on earth become
  Blest as the Church above.        20
 
Come as the wind—with rushing sound,
  And pentecostal grace;
That all of woman born may see
  The glory of Thy face.
 
Spirit Divine, attend our prayers,        25
  Make a lost world Thy home;
Descend with all Thy gracious powers,—
  O come, Great Spirit, come!
 
 
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