Scripture Verse

The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. Psalm 19:7


Words: Bar­tho­lo­mä­us Ring­waldt, 1581 (Gott Heil’ger Geist, hilf uns mit Grund). Trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by Ol­uf H. Sme­by, 1909.

Music: Es ist ge­wiss­lich Geistl­iche Lied­er (Wit­ten­berg, Ger­ma­ny: 1535) (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Ring­waldt (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Oluf H. Smeby (1851–1929)


O Ho­ly Spir­it, grant us grace
That we our Lord and Sav­ior
In faith and fer­vent love em­brace
And tru­ly serve Him ev­er,
So that when death is draw­ing nigh,
We to His op­en wounds may fly
And find in them sal­va­tion.

Help us that we Thy sav­ing Word
In faith­ful hearts may trea­sure;
Let e’er that Bread of Life af­ford
New grace in rich­est mea­sure.
Yea, let us die to ev­ery sin,
For Heav’n cre­ate us new with­in
That fruits of faith may flour­ish.

And when our earth­ly race is run,
Death’s bit­ter hour im­pend­ing,
Then may Thy work in us be­gun
Continue un­til life’s end­ing.
Until we glad­ly may com­mend
Our souls in­to our Sav­ior’s hand
To rest in peace eter­nal.