Holy Spirit, come and shine

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1. Holy Spirit, come and shine
Sweetly in this heart of mine,
With Thy heavenly love and light;
Come, Thou Father of the poor,
Come, Thou Giver, great and sure;
Come, and make my spirit bright!

2. Best of all my helpers, Thou!
Dearest Guest that I can know,
Freshest Draught that I can find:
In my labor Thou art Peace,
Thou dost bid my fever cease,
To my sorrows Thou art kind.

3. O Thou blessèd Light of Light,
Fill Thou every secret height
In Thy servant’s waiting soul!
Save for this, Thy heavenly aid,
Man would be for nothing made;
Not a sin could he control.

4. Cleanse Thou every sordid place
Soften harshness by Thy grace,
Heal the wounds I feel within;
Bend the stubborn will to Thine,
Cheer the thoughts that droop and pine—
Rule whatever turns to sin!

5. Give to them that faithful be
Everlasting trust in Thee,
All Thy sevenfold gifts bestow;
Give to virtue her reward,
Give us safety in our Lord,
Give what joy immortals know!

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #2606

Author: Hermannus contractus of Reichenau, b. 1013

Hermannus Contractus (also known as Herimanus Augiensis or Hermann von Reichenau) was the son of Count Wolverad II von Altshausen. He was born 18 February, 1013 at Altshausen (Swabia). He was a cripple at birth, but intellectually gifted. Therefore his parents sent him to be taught by Abbot Berno on the island of Reichenau. He took his monastic vows here and died on Reichenau 21 September, 1054. He was a mathematician, astronomer, musician, chronicler, and poet, among other things. He is frequently credited as the author of "Alma Redemptoris Mater" and "Salve Regina" Dianne Shapiro, from Schlager, P. (1910). Hermann Contractus. In The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. Retrieved October 13, 2014 from New Advent: ht… Go to person page >

Author: Samuel Willoughby Duffield, 1843-87

Duffield, Samuel Augustus Willoughby, son of G. Duffield, jun., was born at Brooklyn, Sept. 24, 1843, and graduated at Yale College, 1863. In 1866 he was licensed, and in 1867 ordained as a Presbyterian Minister, and is now [1886] Pastor of West¬minster Church, Bloomfield, New Jersey. He published in 1867 a translation of Bernard's Hora novissima (q.v.): Warp and Woof; a Book of Verse, 1868 (copyright, 1870); and The Burial of the Dead (in conjunction with his father), 1882. In the Laudes Domini, N.Y., 1884, the following translations and an original hymn are by him:— 1. Holy Spirit, come and shine. A translation of "Veni Sancte Spiritus." 1883. 2. O Christ, the Eternal Light. A translation of "Christe lumen perpetuum." 1883.… Go to person page >

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