Come Holy Ghost, eternal God (Thomas Tallis)

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Editor: Charles Gurnham (submitted 2021-04-25).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 37 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original spelling
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Edition notes: Oval note edition, as written in 1567. The other fifteen stanzas of Parker's paraphrase added below.
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Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). The other fifteen stanzas of Parker's paraphrase added below.
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General Information

Title: Come Holy Ghost, eternal God
Composer: Thomas Tallis
Lyricist: Matthew Parker

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 86. 86 (C.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1567 in The whole Psalter translated (1567)
Description: Words by Matthew Parker, 1567, in sixteen stanzas.

External websites:

Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Veni Creator Spiritus.

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1. Come Holy Ghost, eternal God,
Which dost from God proceed:
The Father first, and eke the Son,
One God as we do read.

2. O visit Thou our minds and hearts,
Thy heavenly grace inspire:
That we in truth and Godliness
May set our whole desire.

3. Thou art, O Spirit, the Comforter,
In woe and hard distress:
The heavenly gift of God so high,
Which tongue cannot express.

4. Thou fountain art, and lively spring
Of joy celestial:
The fire so bright, the love so clear,
And unction spiritual.


5. For Thou in gifts art manifold,
Whereby Christ’s church doth stand:
And writes the love in faithful hearts,
The power of God His hand.

6. And like as Thou hast promise made,
Thou givest the speech of grace:
That through Thy help the people of God
May sound in every place.

7. O Holy Ghost, to move our wits,
Send down Thine heavenly light:
Inflame our hearts, our God to serve,
With love both day and night.

8. Our weakness strength, confirm us Lord
Both feeble, faint, and frail:
That neither flesh, the world, nor Devil
In us do once prevail.


9. Put back from us our enemies,
And grant that we obtain
Sweet peace of heart with God and man,
From grudge and proud disdain.

10. And grant, O Lord, O leader sure,
That we by Thee as guide:
May safe eschew the snares of sin,
From Thee no time to slide.

11. And plenty, Lord, of Thy good grace,
Grant us, we humbly pray:
Be Thou our joy and comforter,
To 'scape that dreadful day.

12. Of strife and foul dissention,
O Lord, dissolve the bands:
And knit the knot of peace and love,
Throughout all Christian lands.


13. Grant us, O Lord, thru Thee to know
The Father most of might:
That we of His beloved Son
May sure obtain the light.

14. And that with perfect stable faith,
We might acknowledge Thee:
The Spirit of them, of both I say,
One God and persons three.

15. Be laud to God, the Father high,
And God his Son praise be:
Be praise to God the Holy Spirit,
One God in trinity.

16. Pray we that Christ the Savior
Vouchsafe His Spirit to send:
To all which true profess His name,
Till all the world doth end.