Spirit, come, dispel our
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Spirit, come, dispel our sadness,
pierce the clouds of nature's night.
Come, O Source of joy and gladness,
breathe your life, and spread your light.
From the height which knows no measure,
as a gracious shower descend,
bringing down the richest treasure
we can wish, or God can send.
Author of the new creation,
come, anoint us with your power.
Make our hearts your habitation,
with your grace our spirits shower.
Hear, O hear our supplication,
blessed Spirit, God of peace!
Rest upon this congregation
with the fullness of your grace.
Words: Paul Gerhardt, 1648; tr. John C. Jacobi, ca. 1725, alt.
Tune: Geistliche Volkslieder, 1858
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