"Come, Holy Spirit"
you may know the plainchant melody that accompanies this powerful text.
Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire,
And kindle with celestial fire;
Thou the anointing Spirit art,
Who dost thy seven-fold 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 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
Thy praise may be our endless song:
"Praise to thy eternal merit,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit."
--- VENI SANCTE SPIRITUS, attributed to Rabanus Maurus, 9th century; English
translation by John Cosin, 1627.
Have a great week,