O Breathe on Me O Breath of God

This hymn for Pentecost was written by English Anglican clergyman Edwin Hatch (1835-1889), and first published in " Between Doubt and Prayer" (1878).

With meter of CM (common meter) tunes that it has been set to include:
  • ST COLUMBA (traditional Irish, source unknown) - probably the most commonly used setting in the UK
  • TRENTHAM by Ro­bert Jack­son, in Fifty Sac­red Leaf­lets, 1888 - most commonly used in America
  • CARLISLE Charles Lock­hart, 1791
  • WIRKSWORTH by John Che­tham, 1718

"O breathe on me" vs "Breathe on me"
These are variations of the same text, the additional "O" is used in some tunes where it is required (eg ST COLUMBA) but is not required in others (eg TRENTHAM).



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Traditional language

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

O breath on me, O Breath of God,
Until my heart is pure;
Until with thee I will one will,
To do and to endure.

O breath on me, O Breath of God,
Till I am wholly thine, Till all this earthly part of me
Glows with thy fire divine.

O breath on me, O Breath of God,
So I shall never die.
But live with thee the perfect life,
Of thine eternity.

Modernized version

(this is used in the sheet music and slides)

O breathe on me, O Breath of God,
Fill me with life anew,
That I may love the things you love,
And do what you would do.

O breath on me, O Breath of God,
Until my heart is pure;
Until my will is one with yours,
To do and to endure.

O breath on me, O Breath of God,
My will to yours incline,
Until this selfish part of me
Glows with your fire divine.

O breath on me, O Breath of God,
So I shall never die.
But live with you the perfect life,
For all eternity.

ABC Notation:

X:1
T:O Breathe on Me O Breath of God
A:Edwin Hatch (1835-1889)
C:Unknown
O:Ireland
Z:abc-transcription www.GodSongs.net
M:3/4
L:1/4
K:D
"D"D/2E/2|F2G|"A"A2G/2A/2|"D"F2E|"G"D2 D/2E/2|
w:1~~~O_ breathe on me, O_ breath of God, fill_
w:2~~~O_ breathe on me, O_ breath of God, un-
w:3~~~O_ breathe on me, O_ breath of God, my_
w:4~~~O_ breathe on me, O_ breath of God, so_
"D"F2G|"G"A2 (3G/2A/2B/2| "A"(A2 A| A2) A|
w:1~~~me with life a__new__ That
w:2~~~til my heart is__ pure__ un-
w:3~~~will to your in---cline__ un-
w:4~~~I shall nev-er__ die__ but
"Bm"d2 B|"A"A2G|"D"F2E|"G"D2F|
w:1~~~I may love the things you love, and
w:2~~~til my will is one with yours, to
w:3~~~til this self-ish part of me glows
w:4~~~live with you the per-fect life, for
"D"A2G|"A"F2E|("D"D2 D|D2) ||
w:1~~~do what you would do.
w:2~~~do and to en-dure__
w:3~~~with your fire de-vine___
w:4~~~all e-ter-ni-ty____

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