“I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live . . .”—Ezekiel 37:14
SONG: “Abbeville” (Come, Holy Spirit, Come) | Words by Benjamin Beddome (published posthumously in 1818) | American folk tune from The Sacred Harp, arr. Elisha J. King (1844) | Performed by Marsha Genensky of Anonymous 4, on American Angels: Songs of Hope, Redemption, and Glory (2005)
You can hear this song—and twelve others—on “Anonymous 4: The Sacred Harp,” a Saint Paul Sunday radio broadcast that aired on American Public Media in September 2006. The entire concert-interview is worth a listen, or you can skip to 7:49.
Anonymous 4’s a cappella version of “Abbeville” is my favorite, but another nice version is the Wilder Adkins–Gabrielle Jones duet with acoustic guitar accompaniment. There’s also Liz Janes’s arrangement, with musical saw, commissioned in 2008 for the album Help Me to Sing: Songs of the Sacred Harp but rereleased in 2016 on Cardiphonia Music’s Hollow Square Hymnal.
Come, Holy Spirit, come,
With energy divine,
And on this poor, benighted soul,
With beams of mercy shine.
From the celestial hills,
Light, life, and joy dispense;
And may I daily, hourly feel
Thy quick’ning influence.
Melt, melt this frozen heart;
This stubborn will subdue;
Each evil passion overcome,
And form me all anew.
Mine will the profit be,
But Thine shall be the praise;
And unto Thee will I devote
The remnant of my days.
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3 thoughts on “Come, Energy Divine (Artful Devotion)”
This print is stunning. The song also. I’ve listened to that album and somehow skipped over Abbeville. So beautiful. Thank you!
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