Today’s “morning” melody is more like afternoon melody! I was going to get it done mid-morning today, but I needed to give my sisters piano lessons; and then lunch needed to be made; and then I read aloud for what was originally going to be 2 chapters but turned into more like 2 hours! So here I am! =)
This is a relatively unknown hymn that I’ve never sung in a service but read about in “Then Sings My Soul” book 3 by Robert Morgan. It was written in 1854 by George Croly, a native of Dublin and Anglican minister-hopeful, who, after being ordained, never acquired a church of his own and so became a writer in London instead.
Originally included in a book of hymns, this hymn was not wide-spread due to the fact that most of the copies of the hymnal were destroyed in a fire that broke out just before the books were released.
The words are a prayer based on Galatians 5:25: “If we live in the Spirit, let us walk in the Spirit”. There are so many great lines in this hymn about desiring to love God with a full heart, or to trust Him better; but I particularly love the last line in verse 4, “Teach me the patience of unanswered prayer.”
Spirit of God, descend upon my heart;
Wean it from earth; through all its pulses move;
Stoop to my weakness, mighty as Thou art;
And make me love Thee as I ought to love.
I ask no dream, no prophet ecstasies,
No sudden rending of the veil of clay,
No angel visitant, no opening skies;
But take the dimness of my soul away.
Teach me to feel that Thou art always nigh;
Teach me the struggles of the soul to bear.
To check the rising doubt, the rebel sigh,
Teach me the patience of unanswered prayer.
Hast Thou not bid me love Thee, God and King?
All, all Thine own, soul, heart and strength and mind.
I see Thy cross; there teach my heart to cling:
O let me seek Thee, and O let me find!
Teach me to love Thee as Thine angels love,
One holy passion filling all my frame;
The kindling of the heaven descended Dove,
My heart an altar, and Thy love the flame.