The words of this wonderful hymn are attributed to Rhabanus Maurus, 9th c.
(Veni Creator Spiritus, Mentes tuorum visita); It was paraphrased in English
by Bishop John Cosin in Collection of Private Devotions in the Practice of
the Ancient Church, 1627. Veni Creator Spiritus is a Gregorian chant normally
sung in Latin. This version is widely sung in the Anglican Church on the feast
of Pentecost as well as Ordinations and other celebrations of the Holy Spirit.
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.