Scripture Verse

The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost. Romans 5:5


John B. Dykes

Words: Is­aac Watts, Hymns and Sac­red Songs 1707–09, Book 2, num­ber 34. Breath­ing Af­ter the Ho­ly Spi­rit; or, Fer­ven­cy of de­vo­tion de­sired.

Music: St. Ag­nes John B. Dykes, in Hym­nal for Use in the Eng­lish Church, by John Grey, 1866 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

Isaac Watts


Come, Holy Spirit, heavenly Dove,
With all Thy quick’ning powers;
Kindle a flame of sacred love
In these cold hearts of ours.

Look how we grovel here below,
Fond of these trifling toys;
Our souls can neither fly nor go
To reach eternal joys.

In vain we tune our formal songs,
In vain we strive to rise;
Hosannas languish on our tongues,
And our devotion dies.

Dear Lord! and shall we ever live
At this poor dying rate?
Our love so faint, so cold to Thee,
And Thine to us so great?

Come, Holy Spirit, heav’nly Dove,
With all Thy quick’ning powers;
Come, shed abroad the Savior’s love
And that shall kindle ours.