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Creator Spirit, Heavenly Dove

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1 Creator, Spirit, heav'nly Dove,
Descend upon us from above;
With graces manifold restore
Thy creatures as they were before.

2 What comfort lies in Thy sweet name,
O Gift that from the Highest came,
O precious Unction from above,
O living Fount, O Fire of love!

3 Illume our minds, our souls inspire,
Vouch-safe to us love's holy fire,
Thy wondrous pow'r on us bestow,
That we in grace and strength may grow.

4 In Thee, with graces seven-fold,
We God's almighty hand behold;
With tongues of fire dost Thou proclaim
To all the world His glorious name.

5 O bid the foe from us depart,
With grace and peace fill ev'ry heart,
That well our earthly course we run
And soul-destroying evil shun.

6 May we the Father know through Thee,
In Jesus Christ our Savior see.
And Thee, who dost from both proceed,
By faith confess as God indeed.

7 To God the Father we accord
All honor, and to Christ our Lord,
And Thee, our Comforter, extend
All laud and praise, world without end.

Source: American Lutheran Hymnal #464

Translator (from Latin): Martin Luther

Luther, Martin, born at Eisleben, Nov. 10, 1483; entered the University of Erfurt, 1501 (B.A. 1502, M.A.. 1503); became an Augustinian monk, 1505; ordained priest, 1507; appointed Professor at the University of Wittenberg, 1508, and in 1512 D.D.; published his 95 Theses, 1517; and burnt the Papal Bull which had condemned them, 1520; attended the Diet of Worms, 1521; translated the Bible into German, 1521-34; and died at Eisleben, Feb. 18, 1546. The details of his life and of his work as a reformer are accessible to English readers in a great variety of forms. Luther had a huge influence on German hymnody. i. Hymn Books. 1. Ellich cristlich lider Lobgesang un Psalm. Wittenberg, 1524. [Hamburg Library.] This contains 8 German h… Go to person page >

Translator: Richard Massie

Massie, Richard, eldest son of the Rev. R. Massie, of Goddington, Cheshire, and Rector of Eccleston, was born at Chester, June 18, 1800, and resides at Pulford Hall, Coddington. Mr. Massie published a translation of Martin Luther’s Spiritual Songs, London, 1854. His Lyra Domestica, 1st series, London, 1860, contains translations of the 1st Series of Spitta's Psalter und Harfe. In 1864 he published vol. ii., containing translations of Spitta's 2nd Series, together with an Appendix of translations of German hymns by various authors. He also contributed many translations of German hymns to Mercer's Church Psalter & Hymn Book; to Reid's British Herald; to the Day of Rest, &c. He died Mar. 11,1887. -- John Julian, Di… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Creator Spirit, heavenly Dove
Title: Creator Spirit, Heavenly Dove
Translator (from Latin): Martin Luther
Translator: Richard Massie
Source: Latin, 8th Century
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain





Henry Kemble Oliver (b. Beverly, MA, 1800; d. Salem, MA, 1885) composed FEDERAL STREET in 1832, possibly as an imitation of earlier psalm tunes in long meter. He took it to a music class taught by Lowell Mason (who may have contributed to the harmony); Mason (PHH 96) published it in his Boston Acade…

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American Lutheran Hymnal #464

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Evangelical Lutheran Hymnal #104

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Evangelical Lutheran hymnal #104a

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Evangelical Lutheran hymnal #104b

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Evangelical Lutheran Hymnal. 9th ed. #a104

Songs of the Spirit #d108

The Sunday School Hymnal #d47

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