Efficacy 7878 D
By William Cleary
- D major
- Plain tune
- Time signature
- Thomas Kelly, 1804
This text is based on Deuteronomy 32. Thomas Kelly was a prolific hymn-writer, and an evangelical minister who broke with the Church of Ireland in 1803.
I think this tune is more Christian Harmony-style so I've put it in 7 shapes.
As the dew from heav’n distilling
Gently on the grass descends
And revives it, thus fulfilling
What thy providence intends,
Let thy doctrine, Lord, so gracious,
Thus descending from above,
Blest by thee, prove efficacious
To fulfill thy work of love.
Lord, behold this congregation;
Precious promises fulfill.
From thy holy habitation
Let the dews of life distill.
Let our cry come up before thee.
Thy sweet Spirit shed around,
So the people shall adore thee
And confess the joyful sound.