Come, O Come, Thou Quickening Spirit

Representative Text

1 Come, O come, life-giving Spirit,
God from all eternity!
May your power never fail us;
dwell within us constantly.
Then shall truth and life and light
banish all the gloom of night.

2 Show us, Lord, the path of blessing;
when we trespass on our way,
cast, O Lord, our sins behind you
and be with us day by day.
Should we stray, O Lord, recall;
work repentance when we fall.

3 Spirit, guard our faith forever;
let not Satan, death, or shame
ever part us from our Savior.
Lord, our refuge is your name!
When our hearts oppose your will,
let your Word prove stronger still.

4 And when life's frail thread is breaking,
then assure us more and more,
as the heirs of life unending,
of the glory there in store,
glory never yet expressed,
glory of the saints at rest.


Source: Christian Worship (2021): Hymnal #588

Translator: Charles William Schaeffer

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Author: Heinrich Held

Held, Heinrich, was son of Valentin Held of Guhrau, Silesia. He studied at the Universities of Königsberg (c. 1637-40), Frankfurt a. Oder (1643), and Leyden. He was also in residence at Rostock in 1647. He became a licentiate of law, and settled as a lawyer in his native place, where he died about 1659, or at least before Michaelmas, 1661 (Koch, iii. 55-56; Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie., xi. 680; Bode, p. 87, &c). One of the best Silesian hymnwriters, he was taught in the school of affliction, having many trials to suffer in those times of war. His only extant poetical work is his Deutscher Gedichte Vortrab, Frankfurt a. Oder, 1643. Only one hymn from that volume came into German use. Much more important are his other hymns, which are k… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Come, O come, thou quickening Spirit, Thou for ever art divine
Title: Come, O Come, Thou Quickening Spirit
German Title: Komm, o komm, du Geist des Lebens
Author: Heinrich Held (ca. 1664)
Translator: Charles William Schaeffer
Meter: 8.7.8.7.7.7
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Tune

KOMM, O KOMM, DU GEIST DES LEBENS (Bach)


LUX PRIMA (Gounod)

French romanticist composer Charles F. Gounod (PHH 165) wrote LUX PRIMA, which means "first light" in Latin. When the Franco-Prussian War broke out in 1870, Gounod left his native Paris and settled in England for five years. This sturdy tune was published in the Scottish Hymnary in 1872. It uses sev…

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Ambassador Hymnal #125

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American Lutheran Hymnal #465

Book of Hymns for the Evangelical Lutheran Joint Synod of Wisconsin and Other States #d47

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Christian Hymns #190

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Christian Worship (1993) #181

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Christian Worship (2021) #588

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Church Book #252

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Church Book #252

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Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church #149

Evangelical Lutheran Hymn Book with Tunes #246

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Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #438

Evangelical Lutheran Hymnbook (Lutheran Conference of Missouri and Other States) #d59

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Hymnal and Order of Service #104a

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Hymnal and Order of Service #104b

Hymnal for Church, School and Home #d22

Hymnal of the Evangelical Church. Word ed. #d113

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Hymnal #104

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Hymns and Songs for the Sunday School #141

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Luther League Hymnal #126

Mennonite Hymn Book #d60

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Offices of Worship and Hymns #608

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School and Parish Hymnal #157

Songs of Devotion #d1

Songs of Praise #d48

Songs of Praise for Sunday Schools, Church Societies and the Home #d47

Songs of the Spirit #d87

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The Book of Worship #227

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The Church and Sunday-School Hymnal #130

The Concordia Hymnal #d56

The Concordia Hymnal. Rev. #d57

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The Cyber Hymnal #926

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The Evangelical Hymnal #141

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The Evangelical Hymnal. Text edition #141

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The Hymnal and Order of Service #157

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The Hymnal and Order of Service #157

The Hymnal of the Evangelical Lutheran Augustana Synod. Text ed. #d86

The Hymns for the Use of Evangelical Lutheran Congregations #d75

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The Lutheran Hymnal #226

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The Lutheran Hymnary #426

The Mennonite Hymnary, published by the Board of Publication of the General Conference of the Mennonite Church of North America #548

The Pioneer Hymnal #d38

The Selah Song Book. Word ed. #d64

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Trinity Hymnal #247

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Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #331

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Trinity Psalter Hymnal #391

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Wartburg Hymnal #205

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