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HOLY Spirit, from on high,
   Bend on us a pitying eye;
Animate the drooping heart,
Bid the power of sin depart.
2  Light up every dark recess
Of our heart’s ungodliness;
Show us every devious way,
Where our steps have gone astray.
3  Help us with repentant grief
Humbly to implore relief,
Then the Saviour’s blood reveal,
All our deep disease to heal.
4  Other groundwork should we lay,
Sweep those empty hopes away;
Make us know that Christ alone
Can for human guilt atone.
5  May we daily grow in grace,
And pursue the heavenly race,
Trained in wisdom, led by love,
Till we reach our rest above.
William Hiley Bathurst, 1796-1877