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Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire (Veni Creator Spiritus)


Thomas Attwood



Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire,
    and lighten with celestial fire.
Thou the anointing Spirit art,
    who dost thy sevenfold gifts impart.
Thy blessed unction from above
     is comfort, life, and fire of love.

Enable with perpetual light
    the dullness of our blinded sight.
Anoint and cheer our soiled face
    with the abundance of thy grace.
Keep far from foes, give peace at home:
    where thou art guide, no ill can come.

Teach us to know the Father, Son,
    and thee, of both, to be but One,
that through the ages all along,
    this may be our endless song:
Praise to thy eternal merit,
    Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.


Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire - Attwood

Created 15-Sep-08 Revised 10-Mar-11

Saint Peter's Catholic Church Columbia, South Carolina

Veni Sancte Spiritus, sometimes called the "Golden Sequence," is a sequence prescribed for the Roman Catholic Mass of Pentecost. It is usually attributed to either the 13th century Pope Innocent III or to the Archbishop of Canterbury Stephen Langton, although it has been attributed to others as well.

Veni Sancte Spiritus is one of only four medieval Sequences which were preserved in the Missale Romanum published in 1570 following the Council of Trent (1545-63). Before Trent many feasts had their own sequences.

It has been arranged by a number of composers, especially during the Renaissance, including Dufay, Josquin, Willaert, Palestrina, Lassus, and Victoria.

Latin textEnglish version
Veni, Sancte Spiritus,
et emitte caelitus
lucis tuae radium.
Veni, pater pauperum,
veni, dator munerum
veni, lumen cordium.
Consolator optime,
dulcis hospes animae,
dulce refrigerium.
In labore requies,
in aestu temperies
in fletu solatium.
O lux beatissima,
reple cordis intima
tuorum fidelium.
Sine tuo numine,
nihil est in homine,
nihil est innoxium.
Lava quod est sordidum,
riga quod est aridum,
sana quod est saucium.
Flecte quod est rigidum,
fove quod est frigidum,
rege quod est devium.
Da tuis fidelibus,
in te confidentibus,
sacrum septenarium.
Da virtutis meritum,
da salutis exitum,
da perenne gaudium,
Amen, Alleluia.
Come, Holy Ghost,
send forth the heavenly
radiance of your light.
Come, father of the poor,
come giver of gifts,
come, light of the heart.
Greatest comforter,
sweet guest of the soul,
sweet consolation.
In labour, rest,
in heat, temperance,
in tears, solace.
O most blessed light,
fill the inmost heart
of your faithful.
Without your divine will,
there is nothing in man,
nothing is harmless.
Wash that which is unclean,
water that which is dry,
heal that which is wounded.
Bend that which is inflexible,
warm that which is chilled,
make right that which is wrong.
Give to your faithful,
who rely on you,
the sevenfold gifts.
Give reward to virtue,
give salvation at our passing on,
give eternal joy.
Amen. Alleluia.

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