Holy Spirit, Source of gladness! Come with all thy radiance bright

Holy Spirit, Source of gladness! Come with all thy radiance bright

Author: Paul Gerhardt
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1 Holy Spirit, source of gladness!
Come, with all Thy radiance bright;
O’er our weariness and sadness
Breathe Thy life, and shed Thy light!
Come, Thou best of all donations
God can give, or we implore!
Having Thy sweet consolations,
We need wish for nothing more.

2 From that height which knows no measure,
As a gracious shower descend,
Bringing down the richest treasure
Man can wish, or God can send.
Author of the new creation!
Come with unction and with power;
Make or hearts Thy habitation;
On or souls Thy graces shower.

3 Manifest Thy love for ever;
Fence us in on every side;
In distress be our reliever;
Guard and teach, support and guide.
Hear, O hear our supplication,
Loving Spirit, God of peace!
Rest upon this congregation,
With the fulness of Thy grace.


Source: Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church #147

Author: Paul Gerhardt

Gerhardt, Paulus, son of Christian Gerhardt, burgomaster of Gräfenhaynichen, near Wittenberg, was born at Grafenhaynichen, Mar. 12, 1607. On January 2, 1628, he matriculated at the University of Wittenberg. In the registers of St. Mary's church, Wittenberg, his name appears as a godfather, on July 13, 1641, described still as "studiosus," and he seems to have remained in Wittenberg till at least the end of April, 1642. He appears to have gone to Berlin in 1642 or 1643, and was there for some time (certainly after 1648) a tutor in the house of the advocate Andreas Barthold, whose daughter (Anna Maria, b. May 19, 1622, d. March 5, 1668) became his wife in 1655. During this period he seems to have frequently preached in Berlin. He was appoint… Go to person page >

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Author: Paul Gerhardt



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