Light immortal, Light divine

Another lovely hymn/poem by an unknown but obviously talented author. What I love is how clear the view of how the Holy Spirit is there for the asking, “Guide the steps that go astray.”  

From Catholic Hymns by Henry Formby, 1853 now public domain

From the audiobook and upcoming podcast

Light immortal, Light divine

Holy Spirit, Lord of light,
From Thy clear celestial height
Thy pure beaming radiance give,

Come, Thou Father of the poor,
Come with treasures which endure,
⁠Come, Thou light of all that live.

Thou, of all consolers best,
Thou, the soul’s delightful guest,
Dost refreshing peace bestow;

Thou in toil art comfort sweet,
Pleasant coolness in the heat,
⁠Solace in the midst of woe

Light immortal, Light divine,
Visit Thou these hearts of thine,
⁠And our inmost being fill;

If Thou take Thy grace away.
Nothing pure in man will stay—
⁠All his good is turn’d to ill.

Light immortal, Light divine

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