|O BREATH of God, breathe on us now,
And move within us while we pray;
The spring of our new life art Thou,
The very light of our new day.
|2||How closely Thou art with us, Lord,
Neither in height nor depth to seek;
In nearness shall Thy voice be heard;
Spirit to spirit Thou dost speak.
|3||Christ is our Advocate on high:
Thou art our Advocate within;
O, plead the Truth, and make reply
To every argument of sin.
|4||But O, this faithless heart of mine!
The way I know, I know my Guide:
Forgive me, O my Friend divine,
That I so often turn aside.
|5||Be with me when no other friend
The mystery of my heart can share;
And be Thou known, when fears transcend,
By Thy best name of Comforter.
|Alfred Henry Vine, 1845-1917|