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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