Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Pentecost, Sequence

detail of a stained glass window depicting the descent of the fire to the apostles at Pentecost; mid-19th century, possibly by Mayer of Munich, Germany; Cologne Cathedral, Bavaria, Germany; photographed on 1 May 2006 by Raimond Spekking; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsCome, O Holy Spirit, down,
And from Thy bright Heavenly Throne,
Send down beams of radiance bright:
Come, Thou Father of the poor,
Giving gifts from Heaven’s store,
Filling hearts with Thy true Light.

Thou, of all Consolers best,
Thou, the soul’s delicious Guest,
Thou, refreshment ever sweet,
In all labours peaceful rest,
In all heats a shade most blest,
In all tears a solace meet.

O most Blessed Light Divine,
Thro the inmost bosoms shine
Of Thy Faithful here below.
There is naught which sinful man,
But for Thy Great Godhead, can
Harmless in his nature show.

Foulness in us wash away,
Water all our barren clay,
All our wounds vouchsafe to cure;
Make our stubborn wills to bend,
Fervour to our coldness send,
When we stray, give guidance sure.

To Thy Faithful grant, O Lord,
Who put trust in Thy sure Word,
Heavenly Gifts, the sacred seven;
Make us lives of virtue live,
Saving deaths unto us give,
Crown us all with bliss in Heaven.


– translated by Archbishop Edward Gilpin Bagshawe, C.O., Bishop of Nottingham, England