Words: Fanny Crosby, in Young People’s Songs of Praise, by Ira D. Sankey (Chicago, Illinois: Biglow & Main, 1902), number 97. Some hymnals give the author as Lyman G. Cuyler, one of Fanny’s pseudonyms.
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I ask, O Lord, in simple faith
This one request of Thee,
That, consecrated to Thy work,
My life may henceforth be;
O teach me how the lost to win,
Poor wandering souls to seek,
Direct my footsteps where to go,
And give me words to speak.
O grant me strength to labor still,
Where’er Thou bid’st me toil,
To persevere with cheerful heart
Though rough may be the soil;
If called to suffer for Thy sake,
O let me not repine,
But follow where my duty leads,
And have no will but Thine.
Thy blessèd Spirit may I show,
Thy pure, unselfish love;
And thro’ Thy grace some wand’rer guide
To life and peace above;
To watch and wait and work for Thee,
Be this my constant care;
O grant me access to Thy throne,
Through humble, grateful, prayer.