O Holy Ghost, eternal God,
Thou Comfort on my weary road,
With all my heart I pray to Thee:
Hear my entreaty graciously.
Oh, be my Comfort and my Trust,
Else in my sins despair I must;
Defend me from the snares of hell,
Grant that in Jesus Christ I dwell!
So shall I ever ready be
To serve this Master faithfully
And with a faith both true and pure
Confess Him as my Savior sure.
Lead me upon the narrow way
Lest from the Christian life I stray,
That when this mortal frame I leave,
Eternal joys I may receive.
O Heilger Geist, du ewger Gott
Barthold Helder, d. 1635
Tr. August Crull, alt.
Source: Evangelical Lutheran Hymn-Book, 1927, No. 251, alt.
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