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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
Songs of Day and Night.
V. God the Holy Spirit
By Alexander B. Grosart (1835–1899)
Rom. xv. 30.

O HOLY GHOST! come as the DEW,
  All soft and still this quiet eve;
Our first-love’s joy do Thou renew,
  As to those who did first believe.
O Holy Ghost! come as the FIRE,        5
  In our cold hearts light up Thy flame;
That touch’d of Thee, we may aspire,
  And shrink not from His glorious shame.
O Holy Ghost! come as the WIND,
  To shake quick ev’ry barrier down;        10
That, restfully on Him reclin’d,
  We Him, He us, may gracious own.
O Holy Ghost! come as the RAIN,
  That sweetly heals the new-mown grass;
Refresh and strengthen, that again        15
  We on our upward way may pass.
O Holy Ghost! come as the LIGHT,
  Pure-breaking as doth break the Day;
Work in us by Thy gentle might,
  Such hopes as shall our fears affray.        20
O Holy Ghost! be Thou our LIFE,
  Our life that’s hid with Christ in God;
Make Thou us strong in the sore strife,
  Guarding us in the paths He trod.
O Dew! O Fire! O Wind! O Rain!        25
  O Light of Life! O Life of Light!
We would the height of heights attain,—
  We would be strengthen’d by Thy MIGHT.

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