Christ My Song - 765
Thou Breath from still eternity - The Breath of God
(Gerhard Tersteegen/Frances Bevan/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
The Breath of God.
“The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof.” (John 3,8)
1. Thou Breath from still eternity
breathe o'er my spirit's barren land –
the pine-tree and the myrtle-tree
shall spring amidst the desert sand;
and where thy living water flows
the waste shall blossom as the rose. (PDF - Midi)
2. May I in will and deed and word
obey thee as a little child;
and keep me in thy love, my Lord,
for ever holy, undefiled;
within me teach, and strive, and pray,
lest I should choose my own wild way.
3. O Spirit, Stream that by the Son
is opened to us crystal pure,
forth flowing from the heavenly Throne
to waiting hearts and spirits poor,
athirst and weary do I sink
beside thy waters, there to drink.
4. My spirit turns to thee and clings,
all else forsaking, unto thee;
forgetting all created things,
remembering only „God in me.“
O living Stream; O gracious rain,
none wait for thee, and wait in vain.
Frances Bevan, Hymns of Ter Steegen and others 2, 1899, 79-80.
Translation of the German “Du Atem aus der ewgen Stille” (stanzas 4, 5, 6, and 8 of "O Gott, o Geist, o Licht des Lebens" by Gerhard Tersteegen.