Breathe on us, Lord of life

Breathe on us, Lord of life,
  Fill us with life anew,
That we may love what Thou dost love,
  And do what Thou wouldst do.
Breathe on us, Lord of life.
  Until our hearts are pure,
Until with Thee we will one will,
  To do or to endure.
Breathe on us, Lord of life,
  Till we are wholly Thine,
Till all this earthly part of us
  Glows with Thy fire divine.
Breathe on us, Lord of life,
  So shall we never die,
But live with Thee the perfect life
  Of Thine eternity.
Steve Miller

Detroit, MI, United States

Edwin Hatch was a distinguished lecturer in ecclesiastical history at Oxford and a professor of classics at Trinity College in Quebec. His lectures "On the Organization of Early Christian Churches" were translated into German by the noted theologian Hamack. Few other English theologians had won European recognition for original research. - Great Songs of Faith by Brown and Norton


The original of this hymn is titled "Breathe on me, Breath of God", and each stanza starts with this line. The original uses the singular pronoun throughout.

Marilee Lampman

United States

I really like this hymn, but I think it's played just a little too quickly.

Shouldn't there be a break for a breath between "life." and Fill" in the first line? Thank You!

Liz Howard

Banstead, Surrey, United Kingdom

Another tune for this well known hymn is much more commonly sung - can you find it?