He was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and many people were added unto the Lord. Acts 11:24
Words: Henry Alford, 1844. Appeared in his Poetical Works, 1868.
Music: Vienna Justin H. Knecht, 1797 (🔊 pdf nwc).
Brightly did the light divine
From his words and actions shine
From the Twelve, with love unblamed,
Son of consolation, named.
Full of peace and lively joy
Sped he on his high employ,
By his mild exhorting word
Adding many to the Lord.
Blessèd Spirit, who didst call
Barnabas and holy Paul,
And didst them with gifts endue,
Mighty words and wisdom true,
Grant us, Lord of life, to be
By their pattern full of Thee;
That beside them we may stand
In that day on Christ’s right hand.