Oh Lord, one thing of Thee I ask,
That Thou might place within my breast
A heart in harmony with Thine
That of a life renewed attests.
To Thee I give all that I am;
Fulfill thy saving work in me
That Thy dear character of love
The world in me may clearly see.
May I, oh Lord, always remain
Far from evil, far from sin,
Far from all that may revive
The old and carnal man within.
Though in this world I must abide
Let not the world abide in me
The cost I counted and I know
I want it not; no gains I see.
And self—alas! My greatest woe,
By Thy grace and power alone
May it forever know defeat,
Forever vanquished and dethroned.
Help me win against the wrong
To which my nature is inclined.
Put within me, Lord, I pray
A new heart and a new mind.
May my words, my thoughts, and deeds
My dreams and all for which I yearn
Be fitting for a child of Thine,
And Thy approving smile earn.
May I surrender every day
That I may ever grow in Thee,
And that through me all men may know
Of Him who from sin’s bonds sets free!