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.
Destroy in me the lust of sin;
From all impureness make me clean.
Oh, grant me pow'r and strength, my God,
To strive against my flesh and blood.
Create in me a new heart, Lord,
That gladly I obey your Word.
Oh, let your will be my desire
And with new life my soul inspire.
Grant that 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.
Text: Johann F. Ruopp, 1672-1708, abr.; tr. August Crull, 1845-1923, alt.
Tune: As hymnodus sacer, Leipzig, 1625, alt.