"Creator Spirit, by Whose Aid"
by Rhabanus Maurus, 776-856
Translated by John Dryden, 1631-1700
THE HANDBOOK TO THE LUTHERAN HYMNAL
(St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1942)p.176
1. Creator Spirit, by whose aid
The world's foundations first were laid,
Come, visit every humble mind;
Come, pour Thy joys on humankind;
From sin and sorrow set us free
And make Thy temples worthy Thee.
2. O Source of uncreated light,
The Father's promised Paraclete,
Thrice holy Fount, thrice holy Fire,
Our hearts with heavenly love inspire;
Come and Thy sacred unction bring
To sanctify us while we sing.
3. Plentous of grace, descend from high
Rich in Thy sevenfold energy;
Make us eternal truths receive
And practice all that we believe;
Give us Thyself that we may see
The Father and the Son by Thee.
4. Immortal honor, endless fame,
Attend the almighty Father's name;
The Savior Son be glorified,
Who for lost man's redemption died;
And equal adoration be,
Eternal Paraclete, to Thee.
Hymn #236 from _The Handbook to the Lutheran Hymnal_
Text: Rom. 8:9
Author: Rhabanus Maurus, 856, asc.
Translated by: John Dryden, 1693, cento, alt.
Titled: "Veni, Creator Spiritus, Mentes"
Tune: "All' Ehr' und Lob"
1st Published in: _Kirchengesangbuch_
Town: Strassburg, 1541