O breath of God, breathe on us now

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1. O breath of God, breathe on us now,
And move within us while we pray:
The Spring of our new life art Thou,
The very light of our new day.

2. O strangely art Thou with us, Lord,
Neither in height nor depth to seek:
In nearness shall Thy voice be heard;
Spirit to spirit Thou dost speak.

3. Christ is our Advocate on high;
Thou art our Advocate within.
O plead the truth, and make reply
To every argument of sin.

4. But ah, this faithless heart of mine,
The way I know, I know my Guide:
Forgive me, O my Friend divine,
That I so often turn aside.

5. Be with me when no other friend
The mystery of my heart can share;
And be Thou known, when fears transcend,
By Thy best name of Comforter.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #4703

Author: Alfred H. Vine

Vine, Alfred H., son of J. Vine, Wesleyan minister, was born at Nottingham in 1845, educated at King Edward's School, Birmingham, and King's College, London, and entered the Wesleyan ministry in 1867. He has published The Doom of Saul, 1895; Songs of the Heart 1905, and Songs of Living Things, 1897. Of his hymns the following are in common use:— 1. O Breath of God, breathe on us now . [Whitsuntide] 2. O Great Lord Christ,my Saviour. [The Divine Call] 3. Saviour, Thy clear eyes behold. [Omniscience of Christ] Of these Nos. 1 and 2 are from his The Doom of Saul, 1895; and No. 3 was written for the Wesleyan Young People's Hymnal, 1896. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)  Go to person page >

Tune

CALM (Dykes)


MARYTON

After various tunes had been set to this text, Gladden insisted on the use of MARYTON. Composed by H. Percy Smith (b. Malta, 1825; d. Bournemouth, Hampshire, England, 1898), the tune was originally published as a setting for John Keble's "Sun of My Soul" in Arthur S. Sullivan's Church Hymns with Tun…

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GALILEE (Armes)


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Instances

Instances (1 - 6 of 6)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Small Church Music #318Audio
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #308a
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #308b
The Cyber Hymnal #4703TextScoreAudio
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #408
An Nou Chanté! : Let's Sing! #23
Include 7 pre-1979 instances



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