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Come, Holy Spirit, Dove Divine

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By Robert Myers

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Piano Accompaniment, SATB - Early Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Robert Myers. Christian, Contemporary Christian, Sacred, Praise & Worship, General Worship. Octavo. 2 pages. Published by WheatMyer Music (S0.705961).

Item Number: S0.705961

It was one of those accidents where you find somethinguseful when you’re looking for something else. While reading on the nature ofworship, a particular blog article ended with Adoniram Judson’s early 19thCentury baptismal poem, “Come Holy Spirit, Dove Divine.” The flowing textcalled out (at least to me!) for a musical setting. Accordingly, some melodicand harmonic ideas began to percolate in my thoughts. However, before gettingvery far along in writing a tune, there were two surprises in store. First manyothers had already set the text to music before (with a multitude of tunes) goingback to at least 1833. Second, despite being a Baptist for over forty years, Idiscovered that this hymn has been in the Baptist Hymnal since 1956 yet I haveno recollection of every singing it! Well, chagrined at my ignorance, I carriedon writing a new melody and harmony for this deserving text. I sought to makeit friendly to congregational singers while still containing rich and sing-ableharmonies and so aimed for a four-part hymn-style form. However, as I suspect myignorance of the hymn is a common condition, a fresh and modern tune whichwould be at home in varied musical styles and have popular appeal was alsopursued. The result is a delightful and uplifting tune, easy to sing, with anoptimistic and forward momentum, commensurate with the meaning of believers’baptism, “Buried with Him in baptism; raised to walk in new life.” The music is flexible in application to many church music styles: praise team and band, choir and organ, congregation and piano, or mix and match to fit your needs. May you find Come, Holy Spirit, Dove Divine, singing a much needed text, a means for your congregation to joyfully joinwith new believers in celebration of their baptism!

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