Come, Thou holy Paraclete

Come, Thou holy Paraclete. Latin, ca. early 13th century, translated by John Mason Neale* (1818-1866). The Latin text, ‘Veni, Sancte Spiritus’*, is of unknown authorship. Neale’s translation was made for the Hymnal Noted Part II (1854), with the note ‘Morning Hymn at Whitsuntide’, and a quotation from John 14: 26: ‘The Comforter which is the Holy Ghost, Whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things.’ It was arranged in ten stanzas of three lines each, in parallel with the Latin text, and following the metre. Stanza 4 line 6 (stanza 8 line 3 in Neale’s text) is printed in EH, SofP, and other books as ‘Strengthen what goes erringly’, which (although it appears in early...

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