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Gracious Spirit, Holy Ghost – Guildford Cathedral

First line:
Gracious Spirit, Holy Ghost
author of text
based on 1 Corinthians 13 and Psalm 68: 13; NEH 367

Christopher Wordsworth (nephew of the poet) wrote his hymns for his teaching ministry from 1850 to 1868 in the parish of Stanford-in-the-Vale-cum-Goosey, Berkshire, from where he would go up to London for three months in the year to fulfil his duties as Canon of Westminster. In 1869 he became Bishop of Lincoln. He wrote a great deal, including hymns for every season and festival of the Church’s year. This was written for the Sunday before Lent when, in The Book of Common Prayer, 1 Corinthians 13 is read as the epistle, though it serves very well as a hymn for Pentecost. He remains throughout very close to the King James’ Bible version of the passage, using however ‘love’ instead of ‘charity’ as does the Revised Version, the New Testament part of which came out in 1880.

Grayston Ives wrote this tune for use in Guildford Cathedral.

from notes by Alan Luff © 2002


The English Hymn, Vol. 3 - Hills of the north, rejoice
CDP12103Archive Service


Track 16 on CDP12103 [3'08] Archive Service

Track-specific metadata for CDP12103 track 16

Recording date
19 June 2002
Recording venue
Wells Cathedral, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
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  1. The English Hymn, Vol. 3 - Hills of the north, rejoice (CDP12103)
    Disc 1 Track 16
    Release date: September 2002
    Deletion date: September 2016
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