Send the Fire (The Fire)

This hymn about the Holy Spirit was written by William Booth (1829 – 1912), the British Methodist preacher who founded the Salvation Army.

It was first published in "The War Cry" in 1894 marking the 50th anniversary of William's conversion. Its scriptural basis is Elijah on Mount Carmel (1 Kings 18).

With meter of, tunes it has been set to include:
  • TUCKER by Fredrick Booth-Tucker (the original tune)
  • SEND THE FIRE - by Lex Loizides - which most on-line examples seem to use.


There is four part sheet music from Timeless Truths for the TUCKER tune.

There is another version (tune name unknown) by Phil Laeger here: Is is in lead-sheet score (melody line +guitar chords) format, which a copyright statement that allows individual printing / photocopying.

There is a backing-track (tune SEND THE FIRE) available from Six Maddens.



Thou Christ of burning, cleansing flame,
Send the fire!
Thy blood-bought gift today we claim,
Send the fire!
Look down and see this waiting host,
Give us the promised Holy Ghost,
We want another Pentecost,
Send the fire!

God of Elijah, hear our cry:
Send the fire!
To make us fit to live or die,
Send the fire!
To burn up every trace of sin,
To bring the light and glory in,
The revolution now begin,
Send the fire!

‘Tis fire we want, for fire we plead,
Send the fire!
The fire will meet our every need,
Send the fire!
For strength to ever do the right,
For grace to conquer in the fight,
For power to walk the world in white,
Send the fire!

To make our weak hearts strong and brave,
Send the fire!
To live a dying world to save,
Send the fire! o see us on thy altar lay
Our lives, our all, this very day,
To crown the offering now we pray,
Send the fire!

(*)  Newer versions often start with "O God" rather than "Thou Christ"

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