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Brotherhood of St. Cecilia. 1608.


OME, Holy Ghost; Creator, come,


And visit all the souls of Thine:

Thou hast inspired our hearts with life;
Inspire them now with life divine.

Thou art the Comforter, the Gift

Of God most high, the Fire of love,
The everlasting Spring of joy,
And Holy Unction from above.

Thy gifts are manifold; Thou writ'st
God's laws in every faithful heart;
The Promise of the Father, Thou
Dost heavenly eloquence impart.
Enlighten our dark souls till they

Thy love, Thy heavenly love, embrace;
And, since we are by nature frail,
Assist us with Thy saving grace.




From 'Spiritual Pastorals.' Breslau, 1657.*


SPIRIT of mercy, truth, and love,

O shed Thine influence from above,
And still from age to age convey
The wonders of this sacred day.

In every clime, by every tongue,
Be God's surpassing glory sung:
Let all the listening earth be taught
The acts our great Redeemer wrought.

Unfailing comfort! heavenly Guide!
Still o'er Thy holy Church preside;
Still let mankind Thy blessings prove;
Spirit of mercy, truth and love.

By Dr. Johannes Scheffler, who wrote under the name of Angelus Silesius.

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YREATOR Spirit! by whose aid

The world's foundations first were laid,

Come, visit every humble mind,

And pour Thy joy on all mankind :
From sin and sorrow set us free,
And make us temples meet for Thee.

Thrice holy Fount! thrice holy Fire!
Our hearts with heavenly love inspire:
Our frailty help, our vice control,
And calm the passions of the soul:
Come, and Thy sacred unction bring,
To sanctify us while we sing.

Immortal honour, endless fame
Attend the Almighty Father's Name
Let God the Son be glorified,
Who for the world's redemption died;
And equal adoration be,

O blessed Comforter, to Thee.

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