Bishop Wordsworth

GRACIOUS Spirit, Holy Ghost,

Taught by Thee we covet most

Of Thy gifts at Pentecost

Holy, heavenly 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.


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