Oh Lord! The very breath of mine,
Oh Savior of this life divine!
To Thee in earnest have I come
All tired and utterly drained.
With a will for final surrender
And resignation all inborn,
In heart-felt total submission
All inward bound come I all torn.
Submitting to the Mighty Thee
This twiddly little self of mine,
Here have I come, me Lord Divine!
In the blessed lotus feet of Thine.
Give me the strength, my Master Great!
I so languidly ever did lack
To walk the path I meekly ventured
With shaky faith in Thee to tread.
That path in inborn love sublime
With arcane care didst Thou design
Lead me on to that delineated trail
With trust so ardently assigned.
Please accept me, my Lord Divine!
Whatever my inward standing be;
Molded in Thy cast I’ve been,
So take me promptly in Thy lee.
Make, mend or mar me,
For perfect I can’t be;
I’m what I essentially am,
So kindly bear with me.
For if you won’t, my Master!
My Protector Divine!
Who else but my savior
Need I call for care benign?
That soothing touch, that fleeting glimpse,
Thine all-inspiring company,
Incessantly prompting me
Through amply assigned goal to Thee.
Let that remain the thirst, me Lord!
Of this heart pulsating in dismay,
Prompting this feeble self of mine.
‘Lead Thou me on,’ is all I pray.