Come Holy Ghost our Souls Inspire (And lighten with celestial fire) - Cosin

This is a hymn invoking the Holy Spirit.   It is based on the Latin hymn "Veni Creator" which is attributed to priest, poet and theologian, Rabanus Maurus (c. 776-856).

This translation was made by English scholar, priest and later bishop, John Cosin (1594-1672), and first published in his book, Collection of Private Devotions, 1627.   

It has been used at the coronation ceremony of many of England's monarchs - including Queen Elizabeth II in 1952, and King Charles III in 2023.

This is a different translation from Charles Wesley's "Come Holy Ghost our hearts inspire, et us thine influence prove." 

With meter, tune that it has been set to include:
  • PENTECOST (Boyd) by William Boyd (1847-1928) - which was written for this text.


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Cantor and choir with organ, and words on-screen:

Cathedral choir:

Choir with organ - professional recording:

Singer with guitar - alternative tune:

Lead singer and band - in a worship service - alternative tune:

Singer with guitar - tune VENI CREATOR SPIRITUS:

Instrumental - organ, with words on-screen:


Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire,
And lighten with celestial fire.
Thou the anointing Spirit art,
Who dost thy sevenfold 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,
This may be our endless song:
Praise to thy eternal merit,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

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