I. Lord, raise in me a constant Flame
Of undefil'd Devotion,
To seek to thy Almighty Name
When sin in me's in Motion.
vouchsafe, that I with Joy espy
Thy Presence in Affliction;
And grant me Care to shun the Snare
Of sinful Contradiction.
II. Draw me by penitential Smart
To holy Resignation;
Create anew my vicious Heart,
And make it thine Oblation.
Let me shed Tears for all the Years
Mispent in sinful Pleasure.
Give gen'rous Hands to make Amends
For wasted Time and Treasure.
III. Quench all my Lust and carnal Fire;
The Fuel of Damnation,
And turn the Stream of my Desire
To strive for my Salvation;
Lord, grant, that I may ne'er deny
Thy Truth in Persecution,
Thy Grace suppress all Selfishness,
To keep me from Pollution.
IV. All angry Motions turn in me
Into a meek Behaviour;
Endow me with Humility,
The Garment of my Saviour:
Whate'er of sin remains within,
Destroy in its first Movement:
Let Love and Peace, the Fruits of Grace,
Make daily new Improvement.
V. Encrease Faith, Hope, and Charity,
By holy Meditation,
And make me tread with Constancy
The Paths of thy Salvation.
To guard my tongue from speaking wrong,
Or giving bad Example,
The Body feed, yet take great Heed,
Not to defile thy Temple.
VI. Grant, that by faithful Diligence
I may adorn my Station,
Nor by proud impious Pretence
Lose thy communication.
Indecency and Cruelty
Remove from Thought and Action;
Hard-heartedness and ev'ry Vice
Root out, with their Infection.
VII. Make me, by foll'wing good Advice,
Forsake discover'd Error,
The Needy help without Disguise;
And Friends and Foes to pray for;
Serve ev'ry Mortal as I can;
Hate Sin, and shun its Pleasure.
Thy saving Word conduct me, Lord,
Till I obtain thy Treasure.
Source: Psalmodia Germanica: or, The German Psalmody: translated from the high Dutch together with their proper tunes and thorough bass (2nd ed., corr. and enl.) #105