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COME holy celestial Dove,

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      1 COME holy celestial Dove,
      To visit a sorrowful breast,
      My burden of guilt to remove,
      And bring me assurance and rest!
      Thou only hast power to relieve
      A sinner o'erwhelmed with his load,
      The sense of acceptance to give,
      And sprinkle his heart with the blood.

      2 With me if of old thou hast strove,
      And strangely withheld from my sin,
      And tried, by the lure of his love,
      My worthless affections to win;
      The work of thy mercy revive,
      Thy uttermost mercy exert,
      And kindly continue to strive,
      And hold, till I yield thee my heart.

      3 Thy call if I ever have known,
      And sighed from myself to get free,
      And groaned the unspeakable groan,
      And longed to be happy in thee;
      Fulfil the imperfect desire,
      Thy peace to my conscience reveal,
      The sense of thy favour inspire,
      And give me my pardon to feel.

      4 If when I had put these to grief,
      And madly to folly returned,
      Thy pity hath been my relief,
      And lifted me up as I mourned;
      Most pitiful Spirit of grace,
      Relieve me again, and restore,
      My spirit in holiness raise,
      To fall and to suffer no more.

      5 If now I lament after God,
      And gasp for a drop of thy love,
      If Jesus hath bought thee with blood,
      For me to receive from above;
      Come, heavenly Comforter, come,
      True witness of mercy divine,
      And make me thy permanent home,
      And seal me eternally thine!

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