Prayer is the breath of God in man

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1 Prayer is the breath of God in man,
Returning whence it came;
Love is the sacred fire within,
And prayer the rising flame.

2 It gives the burdened spirit ease,
And soothes the troubled breast;
Yields comfort to the mourners here,
And to the weary rest.

3 When God inclines the heart to pray,
He hath an ear to hear;
To him there's music in a groan,
And beauty in a tear.

Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #314

Author: Benjamin Beddome

Benjamin Beddome was born at Henley-in Arden, Warwickshire, January 23, 1717. His father was a Baptist minister. He studied at various places, and began preaching in 1740. He was pastor of a Baptist society at Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, until his death in 1795. In 1770, he received the degree of M.A. from the Baptist College in Providence, Rhode Island. He published several discourses and hymns. "His hymns, to the number of 830, were published in 1818, with a recommendation from Robert Hall." Montgomery speaks of him as a "writer worthy of honour both for the quantity and the quality of his hymns." --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872.… Go to person page >

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Prayer is the breath of God in man. B. Beddome. [Prayer.] This appeared in Robert Hall's posthumous edition of Beddome's Hymns, &c, 1817, No. 405, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed "Importance of Prayer." It was added to the 27th edition of Rippon's Selections, 1827, No. 353 (Pt. i.), and from thence has passed into several collections, sometimes dated 1787 (Rippon's 1st ed.) in error, and at other times with the opening line changed to "Prayer is the Spirit of our God." The hymn "When God inclines the heart to pray," in Spurgeon's Our Own Hymn Book, 1866, is composed of st. iv., v. of the original.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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