O breathe on me, Thou Breath of God (Anonymous)

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Editor: Joseph Walker (submitted 2024-06-02).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 40 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Set to St. Columba, a traditional Irish melody.

General Information

Title: O Breathe on Me, Thou Breath of God
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional)
Lyricist: Edwin Hatch
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn

Language: English
Description: Set to the tune of St. Columba. Lyrics by Edwin Hatch.

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Original text and translations

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1. O breathe on me, Thou Breath of God,
Fill me with life anew,
That I may love what Thou dost love,
And do what Thou wouldst do.

2. O breathe on me, Thou Breath of God,
Until my heart is pure,
Until with Thee I have one will,
To do and to endure.

3. O breathe on me, Thou Breath of God,
Blend all my soul with Thine.
Until this earthly part of me
Glows with Thy fire divine.

4. O breathe on me, Thou Breath of God,
So shall I never die,
But live with Thee the perfect life
of Thine eternity.