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Alfred H. Miles, ed. The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century. 1907.

By The Holy Year (1862). I. “Gracious Spirit, Holy Ghost”

Christopher Wordsworth (1807–1885)


GRACIOUS Spirit, Holy Ghost,

Taught by Thee, we covet most

Of Thy gifts at Pentecost,

Holy, heavenly Love.

Faith, that mountains could remove,

Tongues of earth or Heaven above;

Knowledge—all things—empty prove,

Without heavenly love.

Though I as a Martyr bleed,

Give my goods the poor to feed,

All is vain, if Love I need;

Therefore, Give me Love.

Love is kind, and suffers long,

Love is meek, and thinks no wrong,

Love, than death itself more strong;

Therefore, Give us Love.

Prophecy will fade away,

Melting in the light of day;

Love will ever with us stay!

Therefore, Give us Love.

Faith will vanish into sight;

Hope be emptied in delight;

Love in heaven will shine more bright;

Therefore, Give us Love.

Faith and Hope and Love we see

Joining hand in hand agree;

But the greatest of the three,

And the best, is Love.

From the overshadowing

Of Thy gold and silver wing,

Shed on us, who to Thee sing,

Holy, heavenly Love!