Thomas Attwood (1765-1838): Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire – Ely Cathedral Choir

Thomas Attwood (1765-1838) one of Mozart’s pupils. After his return to England he was appointed Organist of St Paul’s Cathedral, London. He became a close friend of Mendelssohn who dedicated his Prelude and Fugue in C minor to him. "Come, Holy Ghost" is a charming hymn characterised by a simple melodic line – and plain (but effective) harmonies. Enjoy :-).


Text: Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire

Come, Holy Ghost, our soûls 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 perpetuai light
The dullness of our blinded sight:
Anoint and cheer our soiled face
With the abundance of Thy grace:
Keep far our foes, give peace at home;
Where Thou art Guide no ili 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 eternai merit,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

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