Renew Me, O Eternal Light

Representative Text

1 Renew me, O eternal Light,
and let my heart and soul be bright,
illumined with the light of grace
that issues from your holy face.

2 Destroy in me the lust of sin,
from all impureness make me clean.
O grant me pow'r and strength, my God,
to strive against my flesh and blood.

3 Create in me a new heart, Lord,
that gladly I obey your Word.
O let your will be my desire
and with new life my soul inspire.

4 Grant I only you may love
and seek those things which are above
till I behold you face to face,
O Light eternal, through your grace.

Source: Christian Worship: Hymnal #689

Author: Johann Friedrich Ruopp

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Translator: August Crull

August Crull was born January 27, 1845 in Rostock, Germany, where his father, Hofrat Crull, was a lawyer. He was educated at the Gymnasium in Rostock, and at Concordia College in St. Louis and Fort Wayne where he graduated in 1862. His father died soon after he began studying at the Gymnasium. His mother then married Albert Friedrich Hoppe, who later became the editor of the St. Louis edition of Luther's Works. In 1865, Crull graduated from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. He became assistant pastor at Trinity Church in Milwaukee and also served as Director of the Lutheran High School. Later he was pastor of the Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. From 1873 to 1915, he was professor of the German language and literature at Concordia… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Renew me, O eternal Light
Title: Renew Me, O Eternal Light
German Title: Erneure mich, o ewiges Licht
Author: Johann Friedrich Ruopp
Translator: August Crull
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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