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O Come and
Dwell in Me
for “O Come and Dwell in Me” were written by Charles
Wesley. The music is by Louis Bourgeois as adapted by
Crotch’s musical gift showed itself early; at age two, he
was playing the organ which his father built. Within a year,
he was giving public recitals in London, and academics
wrote papers about the young prodigy. He was playing violin
and piano by age 7, and by 11 was assistant organist to
John Randall at King’s College, Cambridge. He composed an
oratorio by 14, and at 15 was the organist at Christ Church,
Oxford; he received his doctoral degree at age 24. In 1822,
he helped found the Royal Academy of Music. He had a
distinguished career composing, teaching, and lecturing.
Lyrics by Charles Wesley
O come and dwell in me,
Spirit of power within,
And bring the glorious liberty
From sorrow, fear, and sin.
Hasten the joyful day
Which shall my sins consume,
When old things shall be done away,
And all things new become.
I want the
That all I do is right,
According to Thy mind and Word,
Well pleasing in Thy sight.
I ask no
Indulge me but in this,
And soon or later then translate
To my eternal bliss.
This same tune is used for a number of hymns including, O Day of God
Draw Nigh; lyrics by
Balgarnie Young Scott (1899-1987). Scott was a graduate of Knox
College at the University of Toronto (PhD). Ordained a United
Church of Canada minister in 1926, he served in Long Branch, Ontario.
He went on to teach at Union College, Vancouver, British
Columbia; United Theological College, McGill University,
Montreal (where he was the first dean of the Faculty of
Divinity/Religious Studies); and Princeton Theological
Seminary (chair of the religion department and Danforth
Professor of Religion). He also served as president of the
Fellowship for a Christian Social Order, and was a Royal
Canadian Air Force chaplain in World War II.
O Day of God, draw nigh
In beauty and in power;
Come with thy timeless judgment now
To match our present hour.
Bring to our troubled minds,
Uncertain and afraid,
The quiet of a steadfast faith,
Calm of a call obeyed.
Bring justice to our land,
That all may dwell secure,
And finely build for days to come
Foundations that endure.
Bring to our
world of strife
Thy sovereign Word of peace,
That war may haunt the earth no more,
And desolation cease.
O Day of God, draw nigh
As at creation’s birth;
Let there be light again, and set
Thy judgments in the earth.