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Come, Holy Spirit

Composer Lloyd Pfautsch
Text Rabanus Maurus, 9th cent.; tr. by John Cosin, 1627, alt.
Voicing SAB and organ
Church Season Pentecost Topics Holy Spirit
2' 55" Price $1.85 (U.S.) Released 2/95
Catalog no. 405-611 Difficulty Moderately easy

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Description This hymn has been sung for ten centuries, and Pfautsch adds with this anthem another reason for it to be sung. His setting uses the plainchant melody for much of the piece, but adds through harmony and accompaniment and a contrasting middle section a twentieth-century perspective.

Come, Holy Spirit our souls inspire,
lighten our souls with celestial fire.
Thou the anointing Spirit are,
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 the 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.
Amen, Amen.

Text: Rabanus Marus, 9th cent.; tr. by John Cosin, 1627, alt.
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