Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart
An Anglican minister born in Dublin, Ireland named George Croly wrote the popular hymn “Spirit of God, Descend Upon my Heart,” originally publishing it in the 1850s.
Croly wrote several sacred music pieces for his lower class London-based congregation, however this one was the only one known of in the present day.
“The words of this sung prayer are among the most passionate in the history of hymnody,” wrote C. Michael Hawn, professor of sacred music at Perkins School of Theology.
“… there is a floating quality to the ending of each stanza, reminiscent of the hovering of the descending Dove, one of the metaphors of the Spirit.”