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And visit all the souls of Thine: Thou hast inspired our hearts with life;
Inspire them now with life divine. Thou art the Comforter, the Gift
Of God most high, the Fire of love, The everlasting Spring of joy,
And Holy Unction from above. Thy gifts are manifold ; Thou writ'st
God's laws in every faithful heart; The Promise of the Father, Thou
Dost heavenly eloquence impart. Enlighten our dark souls till they
Thy love, Thy heavenly love, embrace; And, since we are by nature frail,
Assist us with Thy saving grace.
In every clime, by every tongue,
* By Dr. Jobannes Scheffler, who wrote under the name of Angelus Silesius.
To Thee for help we cry,
of dark mortality.
Or tongues of various tone;
With fervour, in our own,
No mystic dreams we share ;
And bless Thee in our prayer.
And knowledge empty prove,
With faith, with hope, with love,
The world's foundations first were laid,