1 Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire,
and lighten with celestial fire;
thou the anointing Spirit art,
who dost thy seven-fold gifts impart.
2 Thy blessed unction from above
is comfort, life, and fire of love;
enable with perpetual light
the dullness of our mortal sight.
3 Teach us to know the Father, Son,
and thee, of both, to be but one,
that through the ages all along
this may be our endless song:
4 Praise to thine eternal merit,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
|First Line:||Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire|
|Title:||Come, Holy Ghost, Our Souls Inspire|
|Author (attributed to):||Rabanus Maurus (9th cent.)|
|Translator:||John Cosin (1627, alt.)|
|Scripture:||Numbers 11:4-29; Psalm 45:7; Isaiah 11:2; Ezekiel 36:27; Matthew 3:11; Luke 11:13; John 14:16; John 16:7-15; Acts 2:3-4; Acts 2:38; Romans 5:5; Romans 8:11-16; Romans 8:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:19; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 3:16|
|Topic:||Baptism; Christian Year: Pentecost; Gift of the Holy Spirit3 more...|
|Name:||VENI CREATOR SPIRITUS|
|Arranger:||Healey Willan (20th cent.)|
|Source:||Plainsong, Mode VIII|
|Copyright:||Arr. Reprinted with the permission of the executor of the Estate of Healey Willan|
This text, originally written in Latin in the 9th century, has had long and active use, both for Pentecost and for ordinations (where it has appeared in Anglican prayer books since 1662). Though created for an older hymn, this plainchant tune has set this text from earliest days.