For self-control, O Lord, I ask,
To do the hardest, meanest task,
To reign the vilest passions in,
To be victorious over sin;
A disciplined soul I’d sooner be,
That I of baser loves be free,
For fuller service performed for you,
To be at every moment true;
Make me a man who first gives thought,
That I might do just what I ought,
Before a word is rashly said,
Or steps in darkened ways are tread;
Let self from action disappear,
Your glory be my sole career;
Let Holy Spirit in me lead —
To be a mastered saint I plead.

JRMatheny