Come, Thou Holy Spirit, come!

Come, Thou Holy Spirit, come!

Translator: Edward Caswall (1849)
Tune: VENI SANCTE SPIRITUS (Webbe)
Published in 55 hymnals

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1 Come, thou Holy Spirit, come,
and from thy celestial home
shed a ray of light divine;
come, thou Father of the poor,
come, thou source of all our store,
come, within our hearts to shine.

2 Thou of comforters the best,
thou the soul's most welcome guest,
sweet refreshment here below;
in our labour rest most sweet,
grateful coolness in the heat,
solace in the midst of woe.

3 O most blessèd Light divine,
shine within these hearts of thine,
and our inmost being fill;
where thou art not, man hath naught,
nothing good in deed or thought,
nothing free from taint of ill.

4 Heal our wounds; our strength renew;
on our dryness pour thy dew;
wash the stains of guilt away;
bend the stubborn heart and will;
melt the frozen, warm the chill;
guide the steps that go astray.

5 On the faithful, who adore
and confess thee, evermore
in thy sevenfold gifts descend:
Give them virtue's sure reward,
give them thy salvation, Lord,
give them joys that never end.

Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #243

Translator: Edward Caswall

Edward Caswall was born in 1814, at Yately, in Hampshire, where his father was a clergyman. In 1832, he went to Brasenose College, Oxford, and in 1836, took a second-class in classics. His humorous work, "The Art of Pluck," was published in 1835; it is still selling at Oxford, having passed through many editions. In 1838, he was ordained Deacon, and in 1839, Priest. He became perpetural Curate of Stratford-sub-Castle in 1840. In 1841, he resigned his incumbency and visited Ireland. In 1847, he joined the Church of Rome. In 1850, he was admitted into the Congregation of the Oratory at Birmingham, where he has since remained. He has published several works in prose and poetry. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Come, Thou Holy Spirit, come!
Latin Title: Veni, sancte Spiritus
Translator: Edward Caswall (1849)
Meter: 7.7.7.7.7.7
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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The Cyber Hymnal #1120
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Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #243

Church Family Worship #327

Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #297

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Common Praise (1998) #636

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Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #180

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Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #127

Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #92

Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #284

Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #227

Hymns Old and New: New Anglican #97

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The Cyber Hymnal #1120

The New English Hymnal #139a

The New English Hymnal #139b

The New English Hymnal #520

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