O Holy Spirit, Enter In

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  1. O Holy Spirit, enter in
    And in our hearts Thy work begin,
    Thy temple deign to make us;
    Sun of the soul, Thou Light Divine,
    Around and in us brightly shine,
    To joy and gladness wake us
    That we,
    In Thee
    Truly living,
    To Thee giving
    Prayer unceasing,
    May in love be still increasing.

  2. Give to Thy Word impressive pow’r
    That in our hearts, from this good hour,
    As fire it may be glowing;
    That we confess the Father, Son,
    And Thee, the Spirit, Three in One,
    Thy glory ever showing.
    Stay Thou,
    Guide now
    Our souls ever
    That they never
    May forsake Thee,
    But by faith their Refuge make Thee.

  3. Thou Fountain whence all wisdom flows
    Which God on pious hearts bestows,
    Grant us Thy consolation
    That in our pure faith’s unity
    We faithful witnesses may be
    Of grace that brings salvation.
    Hear us,
    Cheer us
    By Thy teaching;
    Let our preaching
    And our labor
    Praise Thee, Lord, and serve our neighbor.

  4. Left to ourselves, we shall but stray;
    Oh, lead us on the narrow way,
    With wisest counsel guide us,
    And give us steadfastness that we
    May ever faithful prove to Thee
    Whatever woes betide us.
    Come, Friend,
    And mend
    Hearts now broken,
    Give a token
    Thou art near us,
    Whom we trust to light and cheer us.

  5. Thy heav’nly strength sustain our heart
    That we may act the valiant part,
    With Thee as our Reliance;
    Be Thou our Refuge and our Shield
    That we may never quit the field,
    But bid all foes defiance.
    From all errors
    And earth’s terrors.
    Thy salvation
    Be our constant consolation.

  6. O mighty Rock, O Source of Life,
    Let Thy dear Word, mid doubt and strife,
    Be strong within us burning
    That we be faithful unto death,
    In Thy pure love and holy faith,
    From Thee true wisdom learning.
    Thy grace
    And peace
    On us shower;
    By Thy power
    Christ confessing,
    Let us win our Savior’s blessing.

  7. O gentle Dew, from heav’n now fall
    With pow’r upon the hearts of all,
    Thy tender love instilling,
    That heart to heart more closely bound,
    In kindly deeds be fruitful found,
    The law of love fulfilling.
    Dwell thus
    In us;
    Envy banish;
    Strife will vanish
    Where Thou livest.
    Peace and love and joy Thou givest.

  8. Grant that our days, while life shall last,
    In purest holiness be passed,
    Be Thou our Strength and Tower,
    From sinful lust and vanity
    And from dead works set Thou us free
    In ev’ry evil hour.
    Keep Thou
    Pure now
    From offenses
    Heart and senses.
    Blessed Spirit,
    Let us heav’nly life inherit.

O Heil’ger Geist, kehr bei uns ein
Michael Schirmer, 1640
Tr. Catherine Winkworth, alt.
Source: The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941, No. 235

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