Gracious Spirit, dwell with me
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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,
would for Christ my Savior speak.
Truthful Spirit, dwell with me:
I myself would truthful be,
and, with wisdom kind and clear,
let thy life in mine appear,
and, with actions lovingly
speak my Lord's sincerity.
Silent Spirit, dwell with me:
I myself would silent be,
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:
I myself would mighty be,
mighty so as to prevail
where unaided I must fail,
ever, by a mighty hope,
pressing on and bearing up.
Holy Spirit, dwell with me:
I myself would holy be,
break from sin and choose the good,
cherish what my Savior would,
and whatever I can be,
give to him who gave me thee.
#507 in Hymnal: A Worship Book
T. Lynch, The Rivulet: A Contribution to Sacred Song, 1855, alt.
Tune: Richard Redhead, Church Hymn Tunes, Ancient and Modern, 1853
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