Scripture Verse

[When] the Spirit be poured upon us from on high…then judgment shall dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness remain in the fruitful field. Isaiah 32:15–16


James Montgomery (1771–1854)
National Portrait Gallery


Words: James Mont­go­me­ry, 1832.

Music: Duke Street, at­trib­ut­ed to John Hat­ton, 1793 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Hat­ton (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Pour out Thy Spi­rit from on high;
Lord, Thine assembled servants bless;
Graces and gifts to each supply,
And clothe Thy priests with right­eous­ness.

Within Thy temple when they stand,
To teach the truth, as taught by Thee,
Savior, like stars in Thy right hand
May all Thy Church’s pastors be.

Wisdom and zeal and faith impart,
Firmness with meekness, from above,
To bear Thy people in their heart,
And love the souls whom Thou dost love:

To watch and pray and ne­ver faint,
By day and night, strict guard to keep,
To warn the sinner, cheer the saint,
Nourish Thy lambs, and feed Thy sheep.

Then, when their work is finished here,
May they in hope their charge resign;
When the Chief Shepherd shall appear,
O God, may they and we be Thine.