The Comforter Has Come!

By Frank Bottome, 1823-1894

But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be
witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.

--Acts 1:8 NKJV

When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord
in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind,
and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided
tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit
and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

--Acts 2:1-4 NKJV

O spread the tidings ‘round, wherever man is found,
Wherever human hearts and human woes abound;
Let ev’ry Christian tongue proclaim the joyful sound:
The Comforter has come!

The Comforter has come, the Comforter has come!
The Holy Ghost from Heav’n, the Father’s promise giv’n;
O spread the tidings ‘round, wherever man is found--
The Comforter has come!

The long, long night is past; the morning breaks at last,
And hushed the dreadful wail and fury of the blast,
As o’er the golden hills the day advances fast!
The Comforter has come!

Lo, the great King of kings, with healing in His wings,
To ev’ry captive soul a full deliverance brings;
And thro’ the vacant cells the song of triumph rings;
The Comforter has come!

O boundless love divine! how shall this tongue of mine
To wond’ring mortals tell the matchless grace divine—
That I, a child of hell, should in His image shine!
The Comforter has come!

Francis, “Frank” Bottome (1823-1894) was born in Der­by­shire, Eng­land, but later immigrated to the United States where he became a Methodist Episcopal minister. His preaching and his song writing gained him notoriety because both were filled with deep, rich doctrine of the Christian faith. In 1872, Dickenson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania recognized his outstanding character and contributions to the ministry by bestowing upon him an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree. This renowned servant of the Lord wrote the words to more than 50 songs, many of them about the wonderful gift of the Holy Spirit.

*Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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