Oh Enter Lord Thy Temple

This Pentecost hymn by English translator Catherine Winkworth (1827-1878) is a translation of the German "Zeuch ein zu deinen Toren" by Paul Gerhardt (1653).

With meter 7.6.7.6.6.7.7.6, tunes it is set to include
  • ZEUCH EIN by Johann Crüger (1653)
  • ST. THEODULPH (Teschner) aka VALET WILL ICH DIR GEBEN by Melchior Teschner (1584-1635)
  • MIG KLÄD I HELIG PRYDNAD by Albert Esaias Lindström (1853-1935).



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Examples

Instrumental - piano (tune ZEUCH EIN)



Instrumental - organ (tune ST. THEODULPH)


Lyrics

Traditional language

O enter, Lord, Thy temple,
Be Thou my spirit's guest,
Who gavest me, the earth-born,
A second birth more blest.
Though here to dwell Thou deignest,
Thou in the Godhead, Lord,
For ever equal reignest,
Art equally adored.

Thou, Holy Spirit, teachest
The soul to pray aright;
Thy songs have sweetest music,
Thy prayers have wondrous might.
Unheard they cannot fall,
They pierce the highest heaven
Till He His help hath given
Who surely helpeth all.

Thy gift is joy, O Spirit,
Thou wouldst not have us pine;
In darkest hours Thy comfort
Doth ever brightly shine.
And, O how oft Thy voice
Hath shed its sweetness o'er me,
And opened heav'n before me
And bid my heart rejoice!


Modern language

Oh enter, Lord, your temple,
And be my spirit's guest,
You gave to me, the earth-born,
A second birth more blest.
Though here to dwell you deignest,
You in the Godhead, Lord,
For ever equal reignest,
And equally adored.

You are the Holy Spirit, teaching
My soul to pray aright;
Your songs have gentlest music,
Your prayers have wondrous might.
Unheard they cannot fall,
They pierce the highest heaven
Till He His help has given
Who surely does help all.

Your gift is joy, O Spirit,
You would not have us pine;
In darkest hours Your comfort
Does ever brightly shine.
And, oh how oft Your voice
Has shed its sweetness o'er me,
And opened heav'n before me
And bid my heart rejoice!

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