Come Holy Ghost Our Souls Inspire

This hymn to the Holy Spirit is used frequently in the life of the Church, including ordinations, Pentecost and Confirmation. In the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Breviary, it is used for Vespers on Pentecost. According to the Liber Hymnarius, it is used for Sunday and weekday Vespers between Ascension and Pentecost in the Ordinary Form.

This is the text as it appears in  Hymns Ancient and Modern (1867):

Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire,
And lighten with celestial Fire;
Thou the anointing Spirit art,
Who dost Thy seven-fold gifts impart.

Thy blessèd Unction from above
Is Comfort, Life, and Fire of Love;—
Enable with perpetual Light
The dullness of our blinded sight.

Anoint and cheer our soilèd face
With the abundance of Thy Grace:
Keep far our foes, give peace at home;
Where Thou art Guide, no ill can come.

Teach us to know the Father, Son,
And Thee, of Both, to be but One;
That through the ages all along
This, this may be our endless song;

Praise to Thy eternal merit,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Words: Attr. Rabanus Maurus, ca. 800; tr. John Cosin, 1627.
Tune:Veni Creator Spiritus” plainchant, Mechlin, Belgium, 1848.

Alternative Tune:Veni Creator (Tallis)” Thomas Tallis, 16th Century.

This is the text of this hymn as it appeared in Reginald Heber’s “Hymns Written and Adapted to the Weekly Church Service of the Year” in 1827. Heber indicates the Ordination Service as his source:

Come, Holy Ghost! our souls inspire,
And lighten with celestial fire;
Thou the anointing spirit art,
Who dost Thy sevenfold gifts impart!
Thy blessed unction from above
Is comfort, life, and fire of love!

Enable with perpetual light
The darkness of our bounded sight;
Anoint and cheer our soiled face
With the abundance of Thy grace;
Keep far our foes; give peace at home;
Where Thou art guide, no ill can come!

Teach us to know the Father, Son,
And Thee of both, to be but One;
That, through the ages all along,
This, this may be our endless song—
Praise be to Thine eternal merit,
O Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!

Tune:Come Holy Ghost” John Henry Hopkins, Jr. publ. 1865.

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

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