Holy Spirit, Font of Light   5 comments

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Hymn Source = The Hymn Book of the Anglican Church of Canada and the United Church of Canada (1971)

Original words in Latin, 1200s; English translation in 1968 by John Webster Grant (born in 1919), a United Church of Canada clergyman who served as a professor of church history at Emmanuel College, Toronto, from 1963 to 1984


1.  Holy Spirit, font of light,

focus of God’s glory bright,

shed on us a shining ray.

Father of the fatherless,

giver of gifts limitless,

come and touch our hearts today.

2.  Source of strength and sure relief,

comforter in time of grief,

enter in and be our guest.

On our journey grant us aid,

freshening breeze and cooling shade,

in our labour inward rest.

3.  Enter each aspiring heart,

occupy its inmost part

with your dazzling purity.

All that gives to man his worth,

all that benefits the earth,

you bring to maturity.

4.  With your soft, refreshing rains

break our drought, remove our stains;

bind up all our injuries.

Shake with rushing wind our will;

melt with rushing fire our icy chill;

bring to light our perjuries.

5.  As your promise we believe

make us ready to receive

gifts from your unbounded store.

Grant enabling energy,

courage in adversity,

joys that last for evermore.



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