O Master of my soul

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1 O Master of my soul,
To whom the lives of men,
That floated once upon thy breath,
Shall yet return again,

2 Give me the eyes to see,
Give me the ears to hear,
Give me the spiritual sense
To feel that thou art near:

3 So when this earthly mist
Fades in the azure sky,
My soul shall still be close to thee,
And in thee cannot die.

Source: University Hymn Book for use in the Chapel of Harvard University #d168

Author: Edwin Hatch

Hatch, Edwin, D.D., was born at Derby, Sep. 4, 1835, and educated at Pembroke College, Oxford, B.A., in honours, in 1857. After holding important appointments in Canada, he returned to England and became Vice-Principal of St. Mary Hall, Oxford, 1867; and Rector of Purleigh, 1883. (See also Crockford). He died Nov. 10, 1889. His hymn-writing was limited. One, and that a very spirited lyric, is in Allon's Congregational Psalmist Hymnal, 1886 "Breathe on me, Breath of God." (Whitsuntide.) Dr. Hatch's hymns were published in his posthumous Towards Fields of Light, London 1890. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)  Go to person page >

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Author: Edwin Hatch
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