Come, Holy Spirit, Truth Divine

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1 Come, Holy Spirit, Truth divine,
And witness bear that Christ is mine,
And that I trust no other name
To save my soul from sin and shame.

2 Come, Holy Spirit, Light divine,
And let Thy light within me shine,
That from the way of God I may
Not even for a moment stray.

3 Come, Holy Spirit, from above,
Imbue us with the Father's love,
And lend to us Thy voice of grace
To comfort us in every place.

Source: Hymnal for Church and Home (2nd ed.) #128

Translator: S. D. Rodholm

Rodholm served as president of the Danish Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (1922-26), president of Grand View College, and professor and dean of the AELC Seminary. NN, Hymnary Go to person page >

Author: Thomas Kingo

Thomas Hansen Kingo (15 December 1634 – 14 October 1703 Odense) was a Danish bishop, poet and hymn-writer born at Slangerup, near Copenhagen. His work marked the high point of Danish baroque poetry. He belonged to a rather poor family partly of Scottish origin and was educated a clergyman. In his youth, Kingo wrote a series of poems picturing humorous scenes in village life and a pastoral love poem, Chrysillis. He studied theology at the University of Copenhagen, graduating in 1654, and for some time acted as private tutor. In 1661 he was appointed vicar to the pastor at Kirke Helsinge, and in 1668 he was ordained a minister at his native town, where his poetic activity began. At first he essayed patriotic poems, but later devoted h… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Come, Holy Spirit, Truth divine
Title: Come, Holy Spirit, Truth Divine
Danish Title: Kom, Sandheds Aand, og Vidne giv
Translator: S. D. Rodholm
Author: Thomas Kingo
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



Initially Luther used the folk melody associated with his first stanza as the tune for this hymn. Later he composed this new tune for his text. VOM HIMMEL HOCH was first published in Valentin Schumann's Geistliche Lieder in 1539. Johann S. Bach (PHH 7) used Luther's melody in three places in his wel…

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