Scripture Verse

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you. Ezekiel 36:26–27

Introduction

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John Cosin (1594–1672)

Words: At­trib­ut­ed to Rha­ba­nus Mau­rus, ci­rca 800 (Ve­ni Cre­at­or Spi­rit­us, Men­tes tu­or­um vi­si­ta). Pa­ra­phrased by John Co­sin in Col­lect­ion of Pri­vate De­vo­tions in the Prac­tice of the An­cient Church, 1627.

Music: Ve­ni Cre­at­or (Mech­lin) Ves­per­ale Ro­man­um cum Can­tu Emen­da­to (Mec­hlin [Me­che­len], Bel­gi­um: 1848) (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

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Rhabanus Maurus (776–856)

Lyrics

Come, Ho­ly Ghost, our souls in­spire,
And light­en with ce­les­ti­al fire;
Thou the an­oint­ing Spi­rit art,
Who dost Thy sev’n­fold gifts im­part.

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Praise to Thy eter­nal mer­it,
Father, Son, and Ho­ly Spi­rit.

Thy bless­èd unc­tion from above
Is com­fort, life, and fire of love;
Enable with per­pe­tual light
The dul­lness of our blind­ed sight.

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Anoint and cheer our soil­èd face
With the ab­und­ance of Thy grace;
Keep far our foes, give peace at home;
Where Thou art guide, no ill can come.

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Teach us to know the Fa­ther, Son,
And Thee, of both, to be but One;
That through the ag­es all along
This, this may be our end­less song.

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