He ever liveth to make intercession for them.@Hebrews 7:25

Benjamin Beddome (1717–1795). Appeared in Robert Hall’s posthumous edition of Beddome’s hymns in 1817, number 405.

Holy Cross James C. Wade, 1865 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Benjamin Beddome (1717–1795)

Prayer is the breath of God in man,
Returning whence it came;
Love is the sacred fire within,
And prayer the rising flame.

It gives the burdened spirit ease,
And soothes the troubled breast;
Yields comfort to the mourners here,
And to the weary rest.

When God inclines the heart to pray
He hath an ear to hear;
To Him there’s music in a groan,
And beauty in a tear.

The humble suppliant cannot fail
To have his wants supplied;
Since He for sinners intercedes,
Who once for sinners died.