Excerpt from Christian Conversation by John Newton Brown (1840)

Eternal Spirit! who, on Bethlehem's plains.
	Taught Judah's king to sweep the hallowed lyre;
Whose inspiration woke Isaiah's strains.
	Till truth's warm torrent gushed from lips of fire;
With trembling I invoke Thee. O, inspire
	Thoughts not unworthy of those holy men;
(And if not more than man may now desire,)
	Omniscient Spirit! let thy light again
Irradiate my mind, and guide my trembling pen.

by John Newton Brown, 1840


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