Veni, Sancte Spiritus
Veni, Sancte Spiritus. Latin, author uncertain, early 13th century.
This is the Sequence* used at Pentecost from the Middle Ages onwards, sometimes known as ‘The Golden Sequence’. It is widely regarded as ‘one of the masterpieces of Latin sacred poetry’ (JJ, p. 1212). It was written in ten 3-line stanzas, the first two lines of each verse rhyming, the final line rhyming through the verses:
Veni, sancte Spiritus,
Et emitte coelitus
Lucis tuae radium.
Veni pater pauperum,
Veni, dator munerum,
Veni, lumen cordium.
This text is published in Daniel, Thesaurus Hymnologicus II. 35, where it is attributed to Robert II, King of France. Wackernagel, Das Deutsche Kirchenlied I. 105, also...
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