Scripture Verse

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10

Introduction

Words & Mu­sic: Charles H. Ga­bri­el, 1906. First pub­lished in his Praise and Ser­vice (Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Am­eri­can Bap­tist Pub­li­ca­tion So­cie­ty, 1907) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Charles H. Gabriel (1856–1932)

Lyrics

More like the Mas­ter I would ev­er be,
More of His meek­ness, more hu­mi­li­ty;
More zeal to la­bor, more cour­age to be true,
More con­se­cra­tion for work He bids me do.

Refrain

Take Thou my heart, I would be Thine alone;
Take Thou my heart, and make it all Thine own.
Purge me from sin, O Lord, I now im­plore,
Wash me and keep me Thine for­ev­er­more.

More like the Mas­ter is my dai­ly pray­er;
More strength to car­ry cross­es I must bear;
More ear­nest ef­fort to bring His king­dom in;
More of His Spir­it, the wan­der­er to win.

Refrain

More like the Mas­ter I would live and grow;
More of His love to oth­ers I would show;
More self de­ni­al, like His in Ga­li­lee,
More like the Mas­ter I long to ev­er be.

Refrain