Scripture Verse

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

Introduction

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

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

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Lyrics

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.