Our blest Redeemer ere He breathed

Our blest Redeemer ere He breathed
  His tender last farewell,
A guide, a comforter, bequeathed
    With us to dwell.
He came sweet influence to impart,
  A gracious, willing guest,
While He can find one humble heart
    Wherein to rest.
And His that gentle voice we hear,
  Soft as the breath of even,
That checks each fault, that calms each fear
    With peace of heav’n.
And every virtue we possess,
  And every victory won,
And every thought of holiness,
    Are His alone.
Lord, in Thy purity and grace,
  Our weakness pitying see;
Oh, make our heart Thy dwelling place,
    And worthier Thee.
David Schaub

Justin, Texas, United States

Found a link to the original work for those interested: it can be found from openlibrary. org, search for book title - Spirit of the Psalms - p. 147, 148.

Scott E Bennett

Ottawa, ON, Canada

Oswald Chambers uses part of verse 4 in his great devotional book , My Utmost for his Highest. See the reading for December 30.

Steve Miller

Detroit, MI, United States

Auber was a quiet Englishwoman known mainly for this one hymn on the Spirit. ... This hymn was composed in the privacy of her bedroom, where she had no paper or pen so she used her diamond ring and wrote it on a window pane.

She wrote other poetry included in the book "Spirit of Psalms" in 1829. Some other hymns she wrote are:

Bright was the guiding star that led

Hasten, Lord the glorious time

Sweet is the work, O Lord

With joy we hail the sacred day

-Songs of the Spirit by Martin