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O breath of God, breathe on us now

O breath of God, breathe on us now

Author: Alfred H. Vine
Published in 13 hymnals

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1 O breath of God, breathe on us now
and move within us while we pray;
you are the spring of our new life,
the very light of our new day.

2 How strangely you are with us, Lord,
neither in height nor depth to seek:
in nearness shall your voice be heard;
spirit to spirit you will speak.

3 Christ is our advocate on high;
you are our advocate within:
O plead the truth, and make reply
to every argument of sin.

4 But what a 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;
be always known, when fears descend,
by your best name of Comforter.

Source: Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #408

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 >



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Instances (1 - 5 of 5)

An Nou Chanté! #23

Hymns and Psalms #308a

Hymns and Psalms #308b


The Cyber Hymnal #4703


Together in Song #408

Include 8 pre-1979 instances
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