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455. Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire


Come Holy Ghost:

John H. Hopkins (1820-1891)

Veni, Creator Spiritus:

Sarum Plainsong, Mode VIII


Tr. John Cosin, 1627

Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire,

And lighten with celestial fire.

Thou the anointing Spirit art,

Who dost thy sevenfold 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 may be our endless song:

Praise to thy eternal merit,

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.


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