Catholic Hymns (1860)/Hymn for Pentecost

For other English-language translations of this work, see Veni Sancte Spiritus (hymn).
For other versions of this translation, see Holy Spirit, Lord of light.
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Hymn for Pentecost

Holy Spirit, Lord of light,
From Thy clear celestial height
Thy pure beaming radiance give,
Come, Thou Father of the poor,
Come with treasures which endure,
Come, Thou light of all that live.

Thou, of all consolers best,
Thou, the soul's delightful guest,
Dost refreshing peace bestow;
Thou in toil art comfort sweet,
Pleasant coolness in the heat,
Solace in the midst of woe

Light immortal, Light divine,
Visit Thou these hearts of thine,
And our inmost being fill;
If Thou take Thy grace away.
Nothing pure in man will stay—
All his good is turn'd to ill.

Heal our wounds, our strength renew,
On our dryness pour Thy dew,
Wash the stains of guilt away,
Bend the stubborn heart and will,
Melt the frozen, warm the chill,
Guide the steps that go astray.

Thou on those who evermore
Thee confess and Thee adore,
In Thy sevenfold gifts descend;
Give them comfort when they die,
Give them life with Thee on high,
Give them joys which never end.