Come Down, O Love Divine

“Come Down, O Love Divine” is a beloved Christian hymn often performed during the Pentecost festival. It calls upon the Holy Spirit’s descent, inviting God to enter the believer’s soul.

This hymn has become a staple in Anglican worship and is frequently set to the melody “Down Ampney,” composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Come Down, O Love Divine Lyrics

Come down, O Love divine,
Seek Thou this soul of mine,
And visit it with Thine own ardour 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 my 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;
For none can guess its grace,
Till he become the place
Wherein the Holy Spirit makes His dwelling.