Come Down O Love Divine Lyrics
Author: Bianco da Siena
1 Come down, O Love divine,
seek thou this soul of mine,
and visit it with thine own ardor glowing;
O Comforter, draw near,
within my heart appear,
and kindle it, thy holy flame bestowing.
2 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.
3 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 Love create a place
wherein the Holy Spirit makes a dwelling.
Come Down O Love Divine Hymn Story
“Come Down O Love Divine” is a hymn that was written by Italian Bianco da Siena. He was an Italian poet and wool maker who in 1367 joined the Order of Jesuates. This order is one of the orders for laymen i.e. un-ordained men, in the Catholic church.
Order of Jesuates model themselves after the famous St Augustine. The order was created by John Colombinus of Siena.
Bianco da Siena died in 1434.
The first publication of his hymns took place four hundred years after his death in 1851.
Our English version is a translation by Richard Frederick Littledale. Littledale was born in Dublin in 1883.
For his studies he went to Trinity College Dublin and Oxford University. After graduation he served the Church of England as curate in Norfolk and St Mary the Virgin in Soho, London.
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