Scripture Verse

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

Introduction

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Augustus M. Toplady (1740–1778)
National Portrait Gallery

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Words: Paul Ger­hardt, in Prax­is Pi­eta­tis Me­li­ca, by Jo­hann Crü­ger, 3rd edi­tion, 1648 (O du al­ler­süss­te Freude). Trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by John C. Ja­co­bi, cir­ca 1725. Al­tered by Au­gus­tus M. Top­la­dy, 1776, and others.

Music: Him­mel Fried­rich H. Him­mel (1765–1814) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Friedrich H. Himmel (1765–1814)

Lyrics

Holy Ghost, dis­pel our sad­ness;
Pierce the clouds of na­ture’s night;
Come, great Source of joy and glad­ness,
Breathe Your life, and spread Your light.
From the height which knows no mea­sure,
As a gra­cious show­er des­cend,
Bringing down the rich­est trea­sure
Man can wish, or God can send.

Author of the new cre­ation,
Come with bless­ing and with pow­er.
Make our hearts your ha­bi­ta­tion;
On our souls Your grac­es show­er.
Hear, O hear our sup­pli­ca­tion,
Blessèd Spi­rit, God of peace!
Rest upon this con­gre­ga­tion,
With the full­ness of Your grace.