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Come, Holy Ghost, in Love   3 comments

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Above:  The Right Reverend Keith Whitmore, Assistant Bishop of Atlanta, at Trinity Episcopal Church, Columbus, Georgia, Pentecost, May 19, 2013

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Hymn Source = The Methodist Hymnal (1935), The Methodist Church (1939-1968) and its immediate predecessors

Original Latin text (twelfth or thirteenth century), the Veni Sancte Spiritus, by Anonymous

English Translation (1859) by Ray Palmer (1808-1887), U.S. Congregationalist minister

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1.  Come, Holy Ghost, in love,

Shed on us from above

Thine own bright ray!

Divinely good Thou art;

Thy sacred gifts impart

To gladden each sad heart:

O come today!

2.  Come, tenderest Friend, and best,

Our most delightful Guest,

With soothing power:

Rest, which the weary know;

Shade, ‘mid the noontide glow;

Peace, when deep griefs o’erflow:

Cheer us, this hour!

3.  Come, Light serene, and still

Our inmost bosoms fill,

Dwell in each breast;

We know no dawn but Thine,

Send forth Thy beams divine,

On our dark souls to shine,

And make us blest!

4.  Come, all the faithful bliss;

Let all who Christ confess

His praise employ;

Give virtue’s rich reward,

Victorious death accord,

And, with our glorious Lord,

Eternal joy!