Holy Spirit! Lord Of Light!

This is the Sequence hymn for Pentecost.

Here is Fr. Caswall’s original 1849 text from the Lyra Catholica:

Holy Spirit! Lord of light!
From thy clear celestial height,
Thy pure beaming radiance give:

Come, Thou Father of the poor!
Come, with treasures which endure!
Come, Thou Light of all that live!

Thou, of all consolers best,
Visiting the troubled breast,
Dost refreshing peace bestow;

Thou in toil art comfort sweet;
Pleasant coolness in the heat;
Solace in the midst of woe.

Light immortal! light divine!
Visit Thou these hearts of thine,
And our inmost being fill:

If Thou take thy grace away,
Nothing pure in man will stay;
All his good is turn’d to ill.

Heal our wounds — our strength renew;
On our dryness pour thy dew;
Wash the stains of guilt away:

Bend the stubborn heart and will;
Melt the frozen, warm the chill;
Guide the steps that go astray.

Thou, on those who evermore
Thee confess and Thee adore,
In thy sevenfold gifts, descend:

Give them comfort when they die;
Give them life with Thee on high;
Give them joys which never end.

Words: Unknown author, 12th Century; tr. Fr. Edward Caswall, 1849.
Tune:Veni Sancte Spiritus” Gregorian Chant, Mode I, traditional.

Hymns Ancient and Modern made the folowing alterations to Fr. Caswall’s text:

Come, Thou Holy Spirit, come!
And from Thy celestial home
Shed a ray of light divine!
Come, Thou Father of the poor!
Come, Thou Source of all our store!
Come, within our bosoms shine!

Thou, of comforters the best;
Thou, the soul’s most welcome Guest;
Sweet refreshment here below;
In our labor, rest most sweet;
Grateful Shadow from the heat;*
Solace in the midst of woe.

O most blessèd Light divine,
Shine within these hearts of Thine,
And our inmost being fill!
If Thou take Thy Grace away,**
Nothing pure in man will stay,
All our good is turned to ill.

Heal our wounds, our strength renew;
On our dryness pour Thy Dew;
Wash the stains of guilt away;
Bend the stubborn heart and will;
Melt the frozen, warm the chill;
Guide the steps that go astray.

On the faithful, who adore
And confess Thee, evermore
In Thy sev’nfold Gifts descend;
Give them virtue’s sure reward,
Give them Thy Salvation, Lord;
Give them joys that never end.

Amen.

*Some texts: “Grateful coolness in the heat,”

** Some texts: “Where Thou art not, man hath naught,
Nothing good in deed or thought,
Nothing free from taint of ill.”

Tune:Veni Sancte Spiritus” Samuel Webbe, 1782.

The original Latin text of this hymn may be found here.

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