LORD God the Holy Ghost,
    In this accepted hour,
As on the day of Pentecost,
    Descend in all Thy power.
2      We meet with one accord
    In our appointed place,
And wait the promise of our Lord,
    The Spirit of all grace.
3      Like mighty rushing wind
    Upon the waves beneath,
Move with one impulse every mind,
    One soul, one feeling breathe.
4      The young, the old, inspire
    With wisdom from above;
And give us hearts and tongues of fire,
    To pray and praise and love.
5      Spirit of Light, explore
    And chase our gloom away—
With lustre shining more and more
    Unto the perfect day.
6      Spirit of Truth, be Thou,
    In life and death, our guide:
O Spirit of adoption, now
    May we be sanctified.
James Montgomery, 1771-1854