and all things else recede:
to You my heart would nearer be,
from sin be daily freed.
Each day embrace my weakness, Lord,
with Your supporting might;
and let my death be lost in life,
my darkness in Your light.
Let faith in You and in Your strength
my every motive move;
may You alone be my delight,
my passion and my love.
Fill me with gladness from above,
hold me by strength divine.
Lord, let the glow of Your great love
through my whole being shine.
Show me Your glory more and more,
Lord, holy, wise, and true!
Your living image I would be,
in joy and sorrow too.
Make this poor self grow less and less,
and be Yourself my aim;
and through Your grace, make me each day
more worthy of Your name. —Johann K. Lavater