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These hymn lyrics were written by Edwin Hatch in 1878, so even with the ridiculously long reach of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, they are still out of copyright. The words are rather sweet, but the real appeal is the lilting 3/4 rhythm and the harmony, especially in the alto line.

Breathe on me, Breath of God,
fill me with life anew,
that I may love what thou dost love,
and do what thou wouldst do.

Breathe on me, Breath of God,
until my heart is pure,
until with thee I will one will,
to do and to endure.

Breathe on me, Breath of God,
till I am wholly thine,
till all this earthly part of me
glows with thy fire divine.

Breathe on me, Breath of God,
so shall I never die,
but live with thee the perfect life
of thine eternity.

Edwin Hatch, 1878

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