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181. Come, Oh, Come, Life-Giving Spirit

1 Come, oh, come, life-giving Spirit,
God from all eternity!
May your power never fail us;
Dwell within us constantly.
Then shall truth and life and light
Banish all the gloom of night.

2 Show us, Lord, the path of blessing;
When we trespass on our way,
Cast, O Lord, our sins behind you
And be with us day by day.
Should we stray, O Lord, recall;
Work repentance when we fall.

3 With our spirit, Lord, bear witness
That we are the saints of God
Who rely upon him solely
When we're chastened by the rod;
For we know, as children should,
That the cross is for our good.

4 Prompt us, Lord, to come before him
With a childlike heart to pray;
Sigh for us, O Holy Spirit,
When we know not what to say.
Then our prayer is not in vain,
And our faith new strength shall gain.

5 Grant our hearts in fullest measure
Wisdom, counsel, purity,
That we always strive to please you,
Working for you willingly.
Let the gospel spread and grow,
Bringing Satan's overthrow.

Text Information
First Line: Come, oh, come, life-giving Spirit
Title: Come, Oh, Come, Life-Giving Spirit
Original Language: German
Author: Heinrich Held, 1620-59 (abr.)
Translator: Charles W. Schaeffer, 1813-96 (alt.)
Meter: 87 87 77
Language: English
Publication Date: 1993
Topic: Pentecost
Tune Information
Meter: 87 87 77
Key: F Major
Source: Neu-vermehrtes...Gesangbuch, 3rd ed., Meiningen, 1693, alt.
Copyright: Setting: © 1993 Elfred Bloedel. Used by permission.

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