Scripture Verse

The spirit of life in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:2

Introduction

Words: Jo­hann Nied­ling, 1651. Trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by John C. Mat­tes, 1913.

Music: Je­su­lein Süss, Geist­liche Kirch­en­ge­sang (Co­logne, Ger­ma­ny: 1623). Har­mo­ny by Jo­hann S. Bach (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Nied­ling or Mat­tes (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
Johann S. Bach
1685–1750

Lyrics

O Spirit of life, O Spirit of God,
In every need Thou bringest aid,
Thou camest forth from God’s great throne,
From God, the Father and the Son;
O Spirit of life, O Spirit of God.

O Spirit of life, O Spirit of God,
Make us to love Thy sacred Word;
The holy flame of love impart,
That charity may warm each heart;
O Spirit of life, O Spirit of God.

O Spirit of life, O Spirit of God,
Increase our faith in our dear Lord;
Unless Thy grace the power should give,
None can believe in Christ and live;
O Spirit of life, O Spirit of God.

O Spirit of life, O Spirit of God,
Enlighten us by Thy blest Word;
Teach us to know the Father’s love,
And His dear Son, who reigns above:
O Spirit of life, O Spirit of God.