Come down, O love divine (Charles West)

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  • (Posted 2019-04-22)   CPDL #54030:     
Editor: Charles West (submitted 2019-04-22).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 105 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: I would appreciate notification by email (cghwest@yahoo.co.uk) of your intention to perform this work.

General Information

Title: Come Down, O Love Divine
Composer: Charles West
Lyricist: Bianco da Sienacreate page

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 66 11. D

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 2017

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Original text and translations

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Come down, O love divine, seek thou this soul of mine,
and visit it with thine own ardor glowing;
O Comforter, draw near, within my heart appear,
and kindle it, Thy holy flame bestowing.

O let it freely burn, til earthly passions turn
to dust and ashes in its heat consuming;
And let thy glorious light shine ever on my sight,
and clothe me round, the while my path illuming.

Let holy charity mine outward vesture be,
and lowliness become mine inner clothing;
True lowliness of heart, which takes the humbler part,
and o’er its own shortcomings weeps with loathing.

And so the yearning strong, with which the soul will long,
shall far outpass the power of human telling;
For none can guess its grace, till they become the place
where-in the Holy Spirit finds a dwelling.