I would the precious time redeem,
and longer live for this alone,
to spend, and to be spent, for them
who have not yet my Saviour known.
Fully on these my mission prove,
and only breathe, to breathe thy love.
My talents, gifts and graces, Lord,
into thy blessed hands receive;
and let me live to preach thy Word,
and let me to thy glory live;
my every sacred moment spend
in publishing the sinners’ Friend.
Enlarge, inflame, and fill my heart
with boundless charity divine;
so shall I all my strength exert,
and love them with a zeal like thine;
and lead them to thy open side,
the sheep for whom their Saviour died.