Christ My Song - 983
Holy Comforter! who guidest - Strong Consolation
(Charlotte Elliott/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
"I will not leave you comfortless." (John 14,18)
1. Holy Comforter! who guidest
those who seek thine aid divine!
who in contrite hearts abidest,
now, amidst my darkness, shine!
Though around me waves are swelling,
and the storms of life increase,
if my heart be made thy dwelling,
I shall still be kept in peace.
2. 'Tis thine office, blessed Spirit!
Christ's remembrancer to be;
though such grace I cannot merit,
now recall his words to me;
though with grief my heart is broken,
though the waves go o'er my soul;
every word, by Jesus spoken,
makes the wounded spirit whole.
3. God of peace and consolation!
pour this balm upon my mind;
in my Saviour's Cross and Passion
strength and healing let me find!
Is the outward man decaying?
Be the inward man renewed!
Now, thy power and love displaying,
cheer my mournful solitude.
4. Take the things to Christ belonging,
manifest his love to me;
check these thoughts of anguish, thronging
this poor heart, resigned to thee;
show me life nor death can sever
from my soul that heavenly Friend, –
tell me he is mine for ever,
and will love me to the end.
Charlotte Elliott, Selections from the Poems of Charlotte Elliott, 220-221.