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Veni Creator

 

(Irregular.)

Composed for “Church Hymns with Tunes”, S.P.C.K., 1874.

1 Come, Holy Ghost! our souls inspire,
And lighten with celestial fire.
  2 Thou the anointing Spirit art,
Who dost Thy sevenfold gifts impart
             
3 Thy blessèd unction from above
Is comfort, life, and fire of love.
  4 Enable, with perpetual light,
The dullness of our blinded sight.
             
5 Anoint and cheer our soilèd face
With the abundance of Thy grace.
  6 Keep far our foes, give peace at home;
Where Thou art Guide, no ill can come.
             
7 Teach us to know the Father Son,
And Thee, of both, to be but One.
  8 That, through the ages all along,
This may be our endless song:

9 Praise to Thy etemal merit,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit! Amen.

Anonymous, 9th or 10th cent.;
Translated by John Cosin, 1594 - 1672..

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