Only a breath which God has given

Only a breath which God has given

Author: Ada R. Habershon
Tune: [Only a breath, which God has given]
Published in 2 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Only a breath, which God has given,
Which He may take away,
Are you prepared if life should cease,
To meet you God today?

Are you prepared, are you prepared?
The heart may cease to beat,
Are you prepared, are you prepared?
Your God to meet?

2 Only a breath, then all is still;
The pulse will beat no more,
But though the body dies, the soul
Must live for evermore. [Refrain]

3 Only a breath, a laboured breath,
And earthly life is past,
Where will your spirit wing its flight
When you have breathed your last? [Refrain]

4 Only a breath, then leaving earth,
With tainted atmosphere,
They who have trusted Christ will rise,
To breathe heaven’s purer air. [Refrain]

5 Only a breath, a gentle breath,
One feeble sigh is given,
Here, a loved form untenanted,
A ransomed soul in heaven. [Refrain]

Source: Alexander's Hymns No. 3 #153

Author: Ada R. Habershon

Ada Ruth Habershon (1861-1918) was a Christian hymnist, probably best known for her 1907 hymn "Will the Circle Be Unbroken?" Ada R. Habershon was born in Marylebone, England on Jan­u­a­ry 8, 1861. Her father, Dr. Samuel Osborne Ha­ber­shon, was a noted physician; her mother was Grace Habershon. She was raised in Chelsea, London, in a Christian home. In her twenties, she was a member of the circle surrounding Charles Spurgeon. She met Dwight L. Moody and Ira D. Sankey in 1884 during their preaching tour of England. At their urging, she visited the United States, delivering a series of lectures on the Old Testament that were later published. Habershon's first foray into hymn writing came in 1899, when she wrote several hymns in the… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Only a breath which God has given
Author: Ada R. Habershon
Refrain First Line: Are you prepared
Copyright: Public Domain



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