Holy Spirit, once again
Come, Thou true Eternal God!
Nor Thy pow'r descend in vain,
Make us ever Thine abode;
So shall Spirit, joy, and light
Dwell in us, where all was night.
Guide us, Lord, from day to day,
Keep us in the paths of grace,
Clear all hindrances away
That might foil us in the race!
When we stumble hear our call,
Work repentance for our fall.
Witness our hearts that God
Counts us children through His Son,
That our Father's gentle rod
Smites us for our good alone;
So when tried, perplex'd, distrest,
In His love we still may rest.
Quicken us to seek His face
Freely, with a trusting heart,
In our prayers oh breathe Thy grace,
Go with us when we depart;
So shall our requests be heard,
And our faith to joy be stirr'd.
Lord, preserve us in the faith,
Suffer nought to drive us thence,
Neither Satan, scorn, nor death;
Be our God and our defence;
Though the flesh resist Thy will,
Let Thy word be stronger still,
And at last when we must die,
Oh assure the sinking heart
Of the glorious realm on high
Where Thou healest every smart,
Of the joys unsieakable
Where our God would have us dwell.
|First Line:||Holy Spirit, once again|
|German Title:||Komm, O Komm, du Geist des Lebens|
|Author:||Joachim Neander (1679)|
|Translator:||Catherine Winkworth (1863)|