Tune: Morgan Bunch, 2006
Lyrics: Andrew Reed, 1829
Meter: Common Meter Double (8,6,8,6,8,6,8,6)
Spirit Divine, attend our pray’rs,
And make this house Thy home;
Descend with all Thy gracious pow’rs,
Oh come, Great Spirit, come!
Come as the light; to us reveal
Our emptiness and woe;
And lead us in those paths of life
Where all the righteous go.
Come as the dove, and spread thy wings,
The wings of peaceful love;
And let Thy church on earth become
Blest as Thy church above.
Come as the fire, and purge our hearts
Like sacrificial flame;
Let our whole soul an off’ring be
To our Redeemer’s name.
Dedicated to all of the Sacred Harp singers of Florida, Georgia, and Alabama who have contributed so much of themselves to the establishment of Sacred Harp singing in Tallahassee.
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