Heavenly Spirit, gentle Spirit,
O descend on us, we pray;
Come, console us and control us,
Christ, most fair, to us portray.
Hear us pleading, interceding,
Thou interpreter of love;
With Thy fire, us inspire,
Holy flame from God above.
Come to cheer us, be Thou near us,
Kindle in us heaven’s love.
Keep us burning, humble, yearning.
Dwell in us, O heavenly Dove
Pilgrims, strangers, ‘mid life’s dangers.
We on Thee would e’er depend;
Spirit, tender, our Defender,
Guide us, keep us to the end.
(J. Blomquist, 1950)