Come, Gracious Spirit
Composer Alfred V. Fedak
Text Simon Browne, 1720
Voicing Two-part mixed choir, organ
Lectionary Usage Pentecost
Length 2' 20" Price $1.50 (U.S.) Released 8/04
Catalog no. 405-627 Difficulty Moderately easy
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The lovely English folk-tune DANBY is given a sensitive treatment for two-part mixed choir in this Pentecost anthem by Alfred Fedak. Quiet and introspective, this gentle hymn to the Holy Spirit reflects the more inward-looking aspects of the Christian's experience of Pentecost.
"The text is an invitation for the Spirit of God to guide our lives through an unkown and perhaps uncomfortable path toward ultimate joy and completeness. Intriguing chor progressions and mildly counterintuitive accidentals employ text painting to emphasize the point that if we but follow the difficult path, we will find fulfillment." --The Hymn, Autumn 2005
Come, Gracious Spirit, heav'nly Dove,
with light and comfort from above;
be thou our guardian, thou our guide
o'er ev'ry thought and step preside.
The light of truth to us display,
and make us know and choose thy way;
plant holy fear in ev'ry heart,
that we from thee may ne'er depart.
Lead us to Christ, the living Way,
nor let us from his pastures stray;
lead us to holiness, the road
that we must take to dwell with God.
Lead us to heav'n, that we may share
fullness of joy for ever there;
lead us to God, our final rest,
to be with him for ever blessed.
--Simon Browne, 1720