Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire

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For other English-language translations of this work, see Veni Creator Spiritus (Maurus).
Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire
by Rabanus Maurus, translated by John Cosin
1627

Music: Veni Creator Spiritus (plainsong), Veni Creator (Dykes), Come, Holy Ghost (Hopkins)

Meter: LM

Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire,
and lighten with celestial fire.
Thou the anointing Spirit art,
who dost thy sevenfold gifts impart.

Thy blessed unction from above
is comfort, life, and fire of love.
Enable with perpetual light
the dullness of our blinded sight.

Anoint and cheer our soiled 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.