refresh and gladden my spirit

The prayer which begins “O God! Refresh and gladden my spirit…” has been put to music by many different people in many different ways, and everyone has their favourite melody for it. We’ve used this particular version for years, because of its musicality and its happy, soothing tone.

video

I’m not sure who originally composed this melody, but if someone knows, please let me know so I can give proper attribution—the performer in the video is Rosanna Lea Smith from the United Kingdom.

lyrics

O God! Refresh and gladden my spirit,

Purify my heart, illumine my powers.

I lay all my affairs in Thy Hand,

Thou art my guide and my refuge.

I will no longer be sorrowful and grieved,

I will be a happy and joyful being.

I will no longer be full of anxiety,

Nor will I let trouble harass me.

I will not dwell on the unpleasant things of life.

O God! Thou art more friend to me Than I am to myself.

I dedicate myself to Thee, O Lord.

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