Scripture Verse

I will ask the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter. John 14:16


Words: At­trib­ut­ed to Rha­ba­nus Maur­us, cir­ca 800 (Ve­ni Cre­at­or Spi­rit­us, Men­tes tu­or­um vi­si­ta). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by Ri­chard Mant, An­cient Hymns, 1837.

Music: Men­don Ger­man tune, ar­ranged by Sam­uel Dyer, Sup­ple­ment of Sam­uel Dy­er’s Third Edi­tion of Sac­red Mu­sic, 1828 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Dy­er (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Rhabanus Maurus (776–856)


Come, Ho­ly Ghost, Cre­at­or blest,
Vouchsafe with­in our souls to rest;
Come with Thy grace and heav’n­ly aid,
And fill the hearts which Thou hast made.

To Thee, the Com­fort­er, we cry;
To Thee, the gift of God most high;
The fount of life, the fire of love,
The soul’s An­oint­ing from above.

The sev’n­fold gifts of grace are Thine;
O fin­ger of the hand di­vine;
True pro­mise of the Fa­ther Thou,
Who dost the tongue with speech en­dow.

Thy light to ev­ery sense im­part,
And shed Thy love in ev­ery heart;
Thy own un­fail­ing might sup­ply
To strength our in­fir­mi­ty.