Breath on me, Breath of God

A hymn to sing along with…

The words were written by Revd Edwin Hatch (1835-1889), a theologian and lecturer. He was ordained as an Anglican priest in 1859 and went to Quebec, Canada until 1867. He was appointed Rector of Purleigh (St Albans Diocese) in 1883. Most of his ordained life was connected with Universities (Quebec and Oxford).
In this picture he seems to have the breath of God in his hair!

The tune “Trentham” was written by Robert Jackson (1840-1914). He wrote a number of hymn tunes, but this is the only one in frequent use these days. He was the organist at St Peter’s, Oldham from 1868 to 1914.
(His father had been the organist there for 48 years.)

Breathe on me, Breath of God,
fill me with life anew,
that I may love what thou dost love
and do what thou wouldst do.

Breathe on me, Breath of God
until my heart is pure,
until my will is one with thine,
to do and to endure.

Breathe on me, Breath of God,
’til I am wholly thine,
until this earthly part of me
glows with thy fire divine.

Breathe on me, Breath of God,
so shall I never die,
but live with thee the perfect life
of thine eternity.

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