Our blest Redeemer, ere he breathed (John Bacchus Dykes)
- Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2020-11-17). Score information: A4, 1 page, 38 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: The hymn with four-part harmony and underlaid words in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard
- Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2020-11-17). Score information: A4, 1 page, 73 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: The hymn in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard, melody with words.
- Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-08-27). Score information: A4, 1 page, 17 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: From the Church Hymnary, 1927.
Title: Our blest Redeemer, ere he breathed
Composer: John Bacchus Dykes
Tune: St Cuthbert
Lyricist: Harriet Auber
Number of voices: 4vv Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred, Hymn Meter: 86. 84
Instruments: A cappella or keyboard
2nd published: 1983 in Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard, no. 151
Description: Descants to the hymn are available by Alan Gray and Geoffrey Shaw.
Original text and translations
1. Our blest Redeemer, ere He breathed His tender last farewell,
A Guide, a Comforter bequeathed, With us to dwell.
2. He came in tongues of living flame, To teach, convince, subdue;
All-powerful as the wind He came, As viewless too.
3. He came, sweet influence to impart, A gracious, willing Guest,
While He can find one humble heart Wherein to rest.
4. And His that gentle voice we hear, Soft as the breath of even,
That checks each fault, that calms each fear, And speaks of heaven.
5. And every virtue we possess, And every victory won,
And every thought of holiness, Are His alone.
6. Spirit of purity and grace, Our weakness, pitying see;
O make our hearts Thy dwelling-place, And worthier Thee.