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Creator Spirit, by whose Aid
The World's Foundations first were laid,
Come, visit ev'ry pious Mind,
Come, pour thy Joys on Human Kind.

5 From Sin and Sorrow set us free,
And make thy Temples worthy thee:[2]
Illumine our dull darken'd Sight,
Thou Source of uncreated Light.

Make us eternal Truths receive,
10 And practice all that we believe;
Give us thyself that we may see,
The Father and the Son by thee.[3]

Immortal Honours, endless Fame,
Attend th'Almighty Father's Name;
15 The Saviour Son be glorify'd,
Who for lost Man's Redemption dy'd.

And equal Adoration be,
Creator, Spirit, paid to thee:[4]
``Come, visit ev'ry pious Mind;
20 ``Come, pour thy Joys on Human Kind!"[5]


  1. Anon. sorter adaptation of an anonymous ninth-century Latin hymn, used in both the Anglican and Catholic services Veni, Creator Spiritus (attributed to Rabanus Maurus) translated by John Dryden (see: Creator Spirit, by whose aid).
  2. 1—6 = Dryden: 1—6.
  3. 9—12 = Dryden: 30—33.
  4. 14—18 = Dryden: 34—39.
  5. 19—20 = Dryden: 3—4.

This work was published before January 1, 1924, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.