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Come Down, O Love Divine!

Bianco da Siena
(c. 1350 – c. 1434)
translated by
Richard Littledale
(1833-1890)

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,
Till 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;
No soul can guess its grace,
Till he become the place
Wherein the Holy Spirit makes a dwelling

 

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1 comment… add one
  • Neil Crawford-Jones May 19, 2024, 3:11 pm

    This is a most beautiful hymn. I am not able to comment on the accuracy of the translation, but the English reads so well over the four verses. The great thing is that these lovely devotional words, happily rendered into fine poetic English were set to a magnificent tune “Down Ampney” by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Always a moving addition to any act of worship.

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