1 Holy Spirit, source of gladness!
Come, with all Thy radiance bright;
O’er our weariness and sadness
Breathe Thy life, and shed Thy light!
Come, Thou best of all donations
God can give, or we implore!
Having Thy sweet consolations,
We need wish for nothing more.
2 From that height which knows no measure,
As a gracious shower descend,
Bringing down the richest treasure
Man can wish, or God can send.
Author of the new creation!
Come with unction and with power;
Make or hearts Thy habitation;
On or souls Thy graces shower.
3 Manifest Thy love for ever;
Fence us in on every side;
In distress be our reliever;
Guard and teach, support and guide.
Hear, O hear our supplication,
Loving Spirit, God of peace!
Rest upon this congregation,
With the fulness of Thy grace.
Paul Gerhardt (b. GraEenhainichen, Saxony, Germany, 1607; d. Lubben, Germany, 1676), famous author of Lutheran evangelical hymns, studied theology and hymnody at the University of Wittenberg and then was a tutor in Berlin, where he became friends with Johann Crüger. He served the Lutheran parish of Mittenwalde near Berlin (1651-1657) and the great St. Nicholas' Church in Berlin (1657-1666). Friederich William, the Calvinist elector, had issued an edict that forbade the various Protestant groups to fight each other. Although Gerhardt did not want strife between the churches, he refused to comply with the edict because he thought it opposed the Lutheran "Formula of Concord," which condemned some Calvinist doctrines. Consequently, he was re… Go to person page >
SICILIAN MARINERS is traditionally used for the Roman Catholic Marian hymn "O Sanctissima." According to tradition, Sicilian seamen ended each day on their ships by singing this hymn in unison. The tune probably traveled from Italy to Germany to England, where The European Magazine and London Review…
Display Title: Holy Spirit, Source of GladnessFirst Line: Holy Spirit, source of gladnessTune Title: BEECHERAuthor: Paul Gerhardt; John Christian Jacobi; Samuel LongfellowMeter: 87.87 DSource: Adapted in the Unitarian Book of Hymns, 1848; Praxis Pietatis Melica, by Johann Crüger, 3rd edition, 1648