This hymn has long been a favourite of mine. The words are such a rich prayer. It speaks of the weakness of our heart and how much we need God to help us do and desire the things that are right.
In a college piano course, I chose this hymn to pull apart and analyze and put back together with beautiful embellishments. The music for this hymn is absolutely gorgeous.
I love playing this hymn (and I have more than once the past couple of days) so that I can meditate on the words and enjoy the richness of the music.
Some of my favourite phrases are: “make me love Thee as I ought to love”, “take the dimness of my soul away”, “O let me seek Thee, and O let me find” and “One holy passion filling all my frame”.
1. Spirit of God, descend upon my heart;
Wean it from earth; through all its pulses move;
Stoop to my weakness, mighty as Thou art,
And make me love Thee as I ought to love.
2. I ask no dream, no prophet ecstasies,
No sudden rending of the veil of clay,
No angel visitant, no opening skies;
But take the dimness of my soul away.
3. Has thou not bid me love Thee, God and King?
All, all Thine own, soul, heart and strength and mind.
I see Thy cross; there teach my heart to cling.
O let me seek Thee, and O let me find.
4. Teach me to feel that Thou art always nigh;
Teach me the struggles of the soul to bear.
To check the rising doubt, the rebel sigh,
Teach me the patience of unanswered prayer.
5. Teach me to love Thee as thine angels love,
One holy passion filling all my frame;
The kindling of the heaven-descended Dove,
My heart an altar, and Thy love the flame.