O Holy Spirit, Enter In

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1 O Holy Spirit, enter in,
Among these hearts your work begin,
Your temple deign to make us;
The soul's bright sun, O light divine,
Around and in us ever shine,
To strength and gladness wake us.
Spirit shining,
Life from heaven there is given;
We before you
For that precious gift implore you.

2 Left to ourselves we shall but stray,
O lead us on the narrow way;
With wisest counsel guide us;
And give your steadfastness, Lord,
Let patience be its own reward,
Whatever woes betide us.
Heal so gently
Hearts now broken, give some token
You are near us,
Whom we trust to warm and cheer us.

3 O mighty Rock, O Source of life!
Let your dear Word, 'mid doubt and strife,
Be so within us burning,
That we be faithful unto death
In your pure love and holy faith,
From your true wisdom learning.
Lord, your graces
On us shower; by your power,
Christ confessing,
Let us win his grace and blessing.

4 Grant that our days, while life shall last,
In purest holiness be passed;
Our minds so rule and strengthen
That they may rise o'er things of earth,
The hopes and joys that here have birth;
And if our course you lengthen,
Keep us safe, Lord,
From offences, heart and senses;
Blessed Spirit,
Bid us thus true life inherit.

Source: One in Faith #652

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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