O Holy Spirit, Enter In

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1 O Holy Spirit, enter in,
and in our hearts your work begin,
your dwelling place now make us.
Sun of the soul, O Light divine,
around and in us brightly shine,
to joy and gladness wake us
that we may be truly living,
to you giving prayer unceasing
and in love be still increasing.

2 Give to your Word impressive pow'r,
that in our hearts from this good hour
as fire it may be glowing,
that in true Christian unity
we faithful witnesses may be,
your glory ever showing.
Hear us, cheer us by your teaching;
let our preaching and our labor
praise you, Lord, and serve our neighbor.

3 O mighty Rock, O Source of life,
let your dear Word, in doubt and strife,
in us be strongly burning
that we be faithful unto death
and live in love and holy faith,
from you true wisdom learning.
Your grace and peace on us shower;
by your power Christ confessing,
let us see our Savior's blessing.

Source: Christian Worship: Hymnal #590

Translator: Catherine Winkworth

Catherine Winkworth (b. Holborn, London, England, 1827; d. Monnetier, Savoy, France, 1878) is well known for her English translations of German hymns; her translations were polished and yet remained close to the original. Educated initially by her mother, she lived with relatives in Dresden, Germany, in 1845, where she acquired her knowledge of German and interest in German hymnody. After residing near Manchester until 1862, she moved to Clifton, near Bristol. A pioneer in promoting women's rights, Winkworth put much of her energy into the encouragement of higher education for women. She translated a large number of German hymn texts from hymnals owned by a friend, Baron Bunsen. Though often altered, these translations continue to be used i… Go to person page >

Author: Michael Schirmer

Schirmer, Michael, son of Michael Schirmer, inspector of wine casks at Leipzig, was born at Leipzig, apparently, in July, 1606, his baptism being entered as on July 18, in the registers of St. Thomas's Church there. He matriculated at the University of Leipzig, at Easter, 1619, and graduated M.A. in 1630. In 1636 he was appointed subrector, and in 1651 conrector of the Greyfriars Gymnasium at Berlin. During his conrectorship the rectorship fell vacant several times, and each time, after he had officiated as prorector during the vacancy, a younger man than he was set over him (probably on account of Schirmer's feeble health) till, last of all, in May, 1668, the sub-rector was promoted over his head. In the same year Schirmer retired from o… Go to person page >



Adapting a tune written for Psalm 100 found in Wolff Köphel's Psalter (1538), Nicolai composed WIE SCHÖN LEUCHTET, which was published with the text in 1599. Although the tune was originally more varied rhythmically, the hymnal version here is isorhythmic (all equal rhythms) and set to the rich ha…

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