In Lucem Beatissimam
Why squint, O eyes, which love the night,
At grey bodies blurred that creep?
What hope have you to see the form
Of light itself?
Veni, Spiritus, da tuis fidelibus sacrum septenarium.
Dispel this seven-fold dark.
Love for pleasure inordinate
Downward tends me on broken wings.
’Til pierced my flesh with your fear be,
I Wallow low.
Sancte Spiritus, doce principium sapientiae nobis.
Hands kept from evil grasp good.
With sinner’s crowd I walk, then stand.
The mocker’s seat proves rest to minds
Whose idle hands make faint the legs
On the good way.
Veni, pater pauperum, lava quod est sordidum.
Make pious my unjust soul.
What can man do? Yet how I fear
Dust from dust; this frame destroyed
By hands of clay. But You, who may
Take more, fear I?
Spiritus Domini, requiesce super nos, da virtutis meritum.
Nothing hidden remains so.
The stick that’s bent by water may
Mend by mind; be straightened out.
But crooked in reality,
I know not how.
Da, Spiritus, tuis fidelibus sensum Christi,
In whom all knowledge does dwell.
Not any multitude will make
Wise the simple: the mob bids rush
The rash. While brooding Spirit holds,
Veni, Spiritus consilii, duce nos in omnem veritatem.
Give me pause to hear and see.
My mind mistook in caverns deep
The truth, and grasped obscurities
That titillate and fix me still
In youthful dim.
O lux beatissima, reple cordis intima,
That I might understand aright.
You, who in the beginning were
Before the birth of star or earth,
Have called to ears that do not hear,
Shown to blind eye.
Veni, Spiritus sapientiae, et emitte caelitus lucis tuae radium,
So, seeing God, we love pure.
 “Come, Holy Spirit, and give to your faithful the sevenfold gift.”
 “Holy Spirit, give to us the beginning of wisdom.”
 “Come, Father of the poor, wash what is stained.”
 “Spirit of the Lord, come rest upon us and give to us the gift of courage.”
 “Give, O Spirit, to your faithful ones the mind of Christ.”
 “Come, Spirit of Counsel, lead us into all truth.”
 “O most Blessed Light, fill my innermost heart.”
 “Come, Spirit of wisdom, and beam the brilliance of your heavenly light”