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Breathe on us now

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.

O strangely art thou with us, Lord,
neither in height nor depth to seek:
in nearness shall thy voice be heard;
Spirit to spirit thou dost speak.

Christ is our advocate on high;
thou art our advocate within:
O plead the truth, and make reply
to every argument of sin.

But ah, 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.

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)

Tony is a Superintendent Methodist Minister, broadcaster and author. He is a radio presenter with Premier Christian Radio and a regular contributor to BBC Radio 2's Pause for Thought (5.45 am). Tony is married with two children and four grandchildren.

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