Breathe on Me

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1 Holy Spirit, breathe on me
Until my heart is clean;
Let sunshine fill its inmost part,
With not a cloud between.

Breathe on me, breathe on me;
Holy Spirit, breathe on me.
Take Thou my heart, cleanse every part;
Holy Spirit, breathe on me.

2 Holy Spirit, breathe on me;
My stubborn will subdue.
Teach me in words of living flame
What Christ would have me do. [Refrain]

3 Holy Spirit, breathe on me;
Fill me with pow'r divine.
Kindle a flame of love and zeal
Within this heart of mine. [Refrain]

4 Holy Spirit, breathe on me
Till I am all Thine own,
Until my will is lost in Thine,
To live for Thee alone. [Refrain]

Source: The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #396

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 >

Adapter: Baylus Benjamin McKinney

Pseudonyms-- Martha Annis (his mother’s maiden name was Martha Annis Heflin) Otto Nellen Gene Routh (his wife’s maiden name was Leila Irene Routh)  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Holy Spirit, breathe on me
Title: Breathe on Me
Author: Edwin Hatch
Adapter: Baylus Benjamin McKinney
Meter: Irregular
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Breathe on me, breathe on me
Copyright: © Copyright 1937. Renewed 1965 Broadman Press (SESAC)(admin. by LifeWay Worship).



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