Samuel Longfellow, 1864. I love this hymn of petition, “Holy Spirit, Truth Divine,” written by Samuel Longfellow, the youngest brother of the famous poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. In each of the six simple stanzas, Longfellow invokes the Spirit by one of His attributes: Light, Love, Power, Right, Peace, and Joy. And as you will notice, each stanza is a meditation on what that attribute means for the soul the Spirit enters.
This is a very fine hymn regarding structure as well as message. Thank you for sharing. I have spent the whole morning trying to run down the tune. It reminds me of the hymn tune MERCY, but is not. Does anyone know?
Regarding Longfellow's theology, we can be thankful that God uses crooked sticks to draw straight lines. We all are.