The Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.@Genesis 1:2

Godfrey Thring, 1873.

Dania Francis G. Ilsley, 1887 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Hear us, Thou that broodest o’er the watery deep,
Waking all creation from its primal sleep;
Holy Spirit, breathing breath of life divine,
Breathe into our spirits, blending them with Thine.

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Light and life immortal, hear us as we raise,
Hearts, as well as voices, mingling prayer with praise.

When the sun ariseth in a cloudless sky,
May we feel Thy presence, Holy Spirit, nigh;
Shed Thy radiance o’er us, keep it cloudless still,
Through the day before us, perfecting Thy will.

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When the fight is fiercest, in the noontide heat,
Bear us, Holy Spirit, to our Savior’s feet;
There to find a refuge, till our work is done,
There to fight the battle, till the battle’s won.

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If the day be falling sadly as it goes,
Slowly in its sadness sinking to its close,
May Thy love in mercy kindling, ere it die,
Cast a ray of glory o’er our evening sky.

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Morning, noon, and evening, whensoe’er it be,
Grant us, gracious Spirit, quickening life in Thee;
Life that gives us, living, life of heavenly love,
Life that brings us, dying, life from Heaven above.

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