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Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire

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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.

Source: Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #231

Author (attributed to): Rabanus Maurus

Rabanus Maurus (c. 776-856) or Hrabanus Magnentius Maurus, was born of noble parents at Mainz, and educated at Fulda and Tours under Alcuin, who is reputed to have given him the surname, Maurus, after the saint of that name. In 803, he became director of the school at the Benedictine Abbey at Fulda. He was ordained priest in 814, spending the following years in a pilgrimage to Palestine. In 822, he became Abbott at Fulda, retiring in 842. In 847, he became archbishop of Mainz. He died at Winkel on the Rhine, February 4, 856. This distinguished Carolingian poet-theologian wrote extensive biblical commentaries, the Encyclopaedic De Universo, De Institutione Clericorum, and other works which circulated widely during the Middle Ages. Som… Go to person page >

Translator: John Cosin

The following note is from Bird's "Songs of the Spirit," p. 171. "Cosin was a native of Norwich, and scholar of Caius College, Cambridge; Prebend of Durham, 1624; Rector of Branspeth, 1626; in 1660, Dean and then Bishop of Durham. His 'Collection of Private Devotions for the Hours of Prayer,' much offended the Puritans, who styled it 'a book of Cozening Devotions.' This work contains ten short hymns (three of them from the Latin), which are supposed to be his. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A., 1872.… Go to person page >



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Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #241Text
Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #124
Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #296
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #586TextPage Scan
Common Praise (1998) #637
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #178Page Scan
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #118
Complete Mission Praise #90
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #278Text InfoTextAudio
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #503Text
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #504TextPage Scan
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #93
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #283
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #589Text
Hymns Old and New: New Anglican #92
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #231Text
Lutheran Worship #157Text
Lutheran Worship #158Text
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #125Text
Sing Glory: Hymns, Psalms and Songs for a New Century #555
Singing the Faith #373
Small Church Music #1127Audio
Small Church Music #3313Audio
Small Church Music #5015Audio
The Christian Life Hymnal #218
The Cyber Hymnal #991TextScoreAudio
The New English Hymnal #138TextPage Scan
The United Methodist Hymnal #651TextFlexscoreAudioPage Scan
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement II #186
The Worshiping Church #296TextPage Scan
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #396
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #201Text
Worship and Rejoice #325Text
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