1 O God, what off'ring shall I give
To thee, the Lord of earth and skies!
My spirit, soul, and flesh receive,
A holy, living sacrifice!
Small as it is, 'tis all my store:
More should'st thou have, if I had more.
2 Now then, my God, thou hast my soul:
No longer mine, but thine I am:
Guard thou thine own, possess it whole!
Cheer it with hope, with love inflame!
Thou hast my spirit: there display
Thy glory to the perfect day.
3 Thou hast my flesh, thy hallow'd shrine,
Devoted solely to thy will;
Here let thy light forever shine:
This house still let thy presence fill:
O Source of life, live, dwell and move,
In me, till all my life be love!
4 O never in these vales of shame,
(Sad fruits of sin) my glorying be;
Clothe with salvation, through thy name,
My soul, and let me put on thee!
Be living faith my costly dress,
And my best robe, thy right'ousness.
5 Send down thy likeness from above,
And let this my adorning be;
Clothe me with wisdom, patience, love,
With lowliness and purity;
Than gold and pearls more precious far,
And brighter than the morning star.
6 Lord, arm me with thy spirit's might,
Since I am call'd by thy great name!
In thee let all my thoughts,
Of all my works be thou the aim:
Thy love attend me all my days,
And my sole business be thy praise.
Source: A Collection of Hymns: for the use of the people called Methodists; in miniature #427
|First Line:||O God, what offering shall I give|
|German Title:||O Jesu, süßes Licht|
|Translator:||John Wesley (1739)|
|Author:||Joachim Lange (1697)|