Scripture Verse

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Psalm 51:10


Words: Jo­hann F. Ruopp, 1705 (Er­neu­re Mich, O Ew’ges Licht). Trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by Au­gust Crull in the Ev­an­gel­ic­al Lu­ther­an Hymn­book (Bal­ti­more, Ma­ry­land: Har­ry Land, 1889).

Music: Bres­lau As Hym­no­dus Sa­cer (Leip­zig, Ger­ma­ny: 1625) (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

  • Herr Je­su Christ, Mein’s As Hym­no­dus Sa­cer (Leip­zig, Ger­ma­ny: 1625) (🔊 pdf nwc)
August Crull (1845–1923)


Renew me, O eter­nal Light,
And let my heart and soul be bright,
Illumined with the light of grace,
That issues from Thy ho­ly face.

Destroy in me the lust of sin,
From all im­pure­ness make me clean;
O grant me pow­er and strength, my God,
To strive against my flesh and blood.

Create in me a new heart, Lord,
That glad­ly I ob­ey Thy Word,
And naught but what Thou wilt, de­sire;
With such new life my soul in­spire.

Grant that I on­ly Thee may love,
And seek those things which are above,
Till I be­hold Thee face to face,
O Light eter­nal, through Thy grace.