Hymns for the Amusement of Children (1791)/For Whit-Sunday

For other English-language translations of this work, see Veni Creator Spiritus (Maurus).
For other versions of this translation, see Creator Spirit, by whose aid.



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:[1]
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.[2]

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:[3]
"Come, visit ev'ry pious Mind;
20 "Come, pour thy Joys on Human Kind!"[4]


  1. 1—6 = Dryden: 1—6.
  2. 9—12 = Dryden: 30—33.
  3. 14—18 = Dryden: 34—39.
  4. 19—20 = Dryden: 3—4.

This work was published before January 1, 1927, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.