O Holy spirit, enter in,
And in our hearts your work begin,
And make our hearts your dwelling.
Sun of the soul, O Light divine,
Around and in us brightly shine,
Your strength in us upwelling.
In your radiance Life from heaven
Now is given Overflowing,
Gift of gifts beyond all knowing.
Left to ourselves, we surely stray;
Oh, lead us on the narrow way,
With wisest counsel guide us;
And give us steadfastness that we
May follow you for ever free,
No matter who derides us.
Gently heal those Hearts now broken;
Give some token You are near us,
Whom we trust to light and cheer us.
O mighty rock, O Source of life,
Let your good Word in doubt and strife
Be in us strongly burning
That we be faithful unto death
And live in love and holy faith,
From you true wisdom learning.
Lord, your mercy On us shower;
By your power Christ confessing,
We will cherish all your blessing.
–Philipp Nicolai, 1659