Scripture Verse

When…the Spirit of truth is come, He will guide you into all truth. John 16:13


Martin Luther

Words: Verse 1 by an un­known aut­hor. Vers­es 2–4, Mar­tin Lu­ther, 1524 (Nun bit­ten wir den Heil­ig­en Geist). Com­po­site trans­la­tion.

Music: Nun Bit­ten Wir, ano­ny­mous, cir­ca 1100 (🔊 pdf nwc).


We now im­plore God the Ho­ly Ghost
For the true faith, which we need the most,
That in our last mo­ments He may be­friend us
And, as home­ward we jour­ney, at­tend us.
Lord, have mer­cy!

Shine in our hearts, O most pre­cious light,
That we Jesus Christ may know aright,
Clinging to our Sav­ior, whose blood hath bought us,
Who again to our home­land hath brought us.
Lord, have mer­cy!

Thou sac­red love, grace on us be­stow,
Set our hearts with heav’n­ly fire aglow
That with hearts unit­ed we love each oth­er,
Of one mind, in peace with ev­ery bro­ther.
Lord, have mercy!

Thou high­est com­fort in every need,
Grant that nei­ther shame nor death we heed,
That e’en then our cour­age may nev­er fail us
When the foe shall ac­cuse and as­sail us.
Lord, have mer­cy!