1. Spirit of God, descend upon my heart: Wean it from earth, thro' all its pulses move. Stoop to my weakness, mighty as Thou art, And make me love Thee as I ought to love. 2. Hast Thou not bid us 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. 3. 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. 4. Teach me to love Thee as Thine angels love, One holy passion filling all my frame: The baptism of the heav'n descended Dove My heart an altar and Thy love the flame.
Lyrics: George Croly
Music: Frederick Cook Atkinson
George Croly, 1780–1860
One of the finest of all hymns for the Pentecost season is “Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart.” It was written by Anglican minister George Croly, who was known among his associates as a “fundamentalist in theology, a fierce conservative in politics, and intensely opposed to all forms of liberalism.” The hymn first appeared in 1854 in Croly’s own hymnal, Psalms and Hymns for Public Worship. It was originally titled “Holiness Desired.”