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Come Holy Spirit we Need Thee / You

Holy Spirit shown as a dove, arriving:    Come Holy Spirit I need You Come Holy Spirit I pray Come with Your strength and Your power Come in Your own special way 2. .... Come with Your light and Your wisdom ... 3    Come like a spring in the desert Come, to the weary of soul Lord, let Your sweet healing power Touch me and make me whole 4   Glory be to the Father, Glory be to the Son Glory be to the Holy Spirit, our God, All three in one OR now and forever, Amen.
This song of intercession to the Holy Spirit was written by American evangelists and worship-leaders William (Bill) and Gloria Gaither, and first released in 1964.

It is sometimes known as Come Holy Spirit We Need Thee, and a number of variations to the lyrics have also been written.   Finding the author of these is extremely difficult.

The song has been translated into various other languages including German (Der Du Auf Wassern), and Spanish (Ven Santo Espiritu A Mi Alma).

The tune has a 3/4 time signature. In the key of F, the first few notes are A AA B AF AG.

Sheet music is available (digital download) from SheetMusicPlus - see the link below.



Singer, self-accompanied on guitar accompaniment:

Solo singer with backing:

Instrumental - clavinova:

Duet, accapella in close-harmony:


The original lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they are currently available on this website. A rough outline is:
1. Come Holy Spirit I need You ...

2. .... Come with Your light and Your wisdom ...

3    Come like a spring in the desert ...

4   Glory be to the Father ....

Alternative lyrics - copyright status of these is unclear:
Come Holy Spirit, I need You
Come sweet Spirit, I pray,
Come in Your strength and Your power,
Come in Your own gentle way.

Come as the wisdom to children
Come as new sight for the blind,
Come, Lord, as strength to my weakness
Take me, soul, body and mind.

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