Come, O Come, Thou Quickening Spirit

Representative Text

1 Come, O come, thou quick'ning Spirit,
God from all eternity!
May thy power never fail us;
dwell within us constantly.
Then shall truth and life and light
banish all the gloom of night.

2 Grant our hearts in fullest measure
wisdom, counsel, purity,
that we ever may be seeking
only that which pleaseth thee.
Let thy knowledge spread and grow,
working error's overthrow.

3 Show us, Lord, the path of blessing;
when we trespass on our way,
cast, O Lord, our sins behind thee
and be with us day by day.
Should we stray, O Lord, recall;
work repentance when we fall.

4 Holy Spirit, strong and mighty,
thou who makest all things new,
make thy work within us perfect
and the evil foe subdue.
Grant us weapons for the strife
and with vict'ry crown our life.


Source: Trinity Psalter Hymnal #391

Translator: C. W. Schaeffer

(no biographical information available about C. W. Schaeffer.) Go to person page >

Author: Heinrich Held

Held, Heinrich, was son of Valentin Held of Guhrau, Silesia. He studied at the Universities of Königsberg (c. 1637-40), Frankfurt a. Oder (1643), and Leyden. He was also in residence at Rostock in 1647. He became a licentiate of law, and settled as a lawyer in his native place, where he died about 1659, or at least before Michaelmas, 1661 (Koch, iii. 55-56; Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie., xi. 680; Bode, p. 87, &c). One of the best Silesian hymnwriters, he was taught in the school of affliction, having many trials to suffer in those times of war. His only extant poetical work is his Deutscher Gedichte Vortrab, Frankfurt a. Oder, 1643. Only one hymn from that volume came into German use. Much more important are his other hymns, which are k… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Come, O come, thou quickening Spirit, Thou for ever art divine
Title: Come, O Come, Thou Quickening Spirit
German Title: Komm, o komm, du Geist des Lebens
Author: Heinrich Held (ca. 1664)
Translator: C. W. Schaeffer
Meter: 8.7.8.7.7.7
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Tune

KOMM, O KOMM, DU GEIST DES LEBENS


LUX PRIMA (Gounod)

French romanticist composer Charles F. Gounod (PHH 165) wrote LUX PRIMA, which means "first light" in Latin. When the Franco-Prussian War broke out in 1870, Gounod left his native Paris and settled in England for five years. This sturdy tune was published in the Scottish Hymnary in 1872. It uses sev…

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