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.