278. Come, Holy Ghost, Our Souls Inspire

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.

Text Information
First Line: Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire
Title: Come, Holy Ghost, Our Souls Inspire
Original Language: Latin
Author (attributed to): Rabanus Maurus (9th cent.)
Translator: John Cosin (1627, alt.)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: LM
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Topic: Baptism; Christian Year: Pentecost; Gift of the Holy Spirit (3 more...)
Language: English
Tune Information
Arranger: Healey Willan (20th cent.)
Meter: LM
Key: B♭ Major
Source: Plainsong, Mode VIII
Copyright: Arr. Reprinted with the permission of the executor of the Estate of Healey Willan

Text Information:

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.

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