Veni Superne Spiritus

This hymn was used for Vespers I of Pentecost in the Paris Breviary (1736).

Veni, superne Spiritus:
Purgata Christi sanguine,
Tuique terra iam capax,
Expandit arentes sinus.

Christi petentis æthera
Exolve* promissam fidem,
Et nostra præsens igneo
Munda lavacro pectora.

Lugemus amissum Patrem;
Te nostra tangat orbitas:
Solare mœstos; anxiis
Spem redde, qui solus potes.

Docere quæ Christus rudes
Prudens alumnos distulit,
Hæc præparatis insere
Novus magister mentibus.

Olim per umbras vatibus
Retecta paucis veritas,
Nunc orbe toto dissitis
Per te patescat gentibus.

Divina iam nos unctio
Informet omnes: hactenus
Mutis aratam litteris
Inscribe legem cordibus.

Sit laus Patri; laus Filio:
Utrumque qui nectis, Deus,
Utrique compar, sit tibi
Decus perenne, Spiritus. Amen.

Words: Fr. Charles Coffin, 1736.
Tune: Unknown.

Meter: 88.88

*This word is rendered “Exsolve” in Cardinal Newman’s Hymni Ecclesiae.

This hymn has been translated into English as the following:
Come, Holy Ghost, Thou Source of Good!


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