Author of the Lyrics
The author of the uplifting
words of the "Create in me a Clean Heart" lyrics, Walter Chalmers Smith (December 5, 1824-September 19, 1908),
was born in Aberdeen, Scotland and
achieved fame as a pastor, scholar and hymn writer.
Composer of Hymn Music
The composer of the
music that accompanies the
words of "Create in me a Clean Heart", Fred H. Byshe (circa early 1800's-circa late 1800's),
was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and
became famous as a musician and composer.
Information about the
Title of Hymn: Create in me a Clean Heart
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): Walter Chalmers Smith (December 5, 1824
to September 19, 1908)
Nationality of Author:
Translator of the Hymn
lyrics: N/A Hymn written in English
Name of Composer of Music: Fred H. Byshe (circa early 1800's to
circa late 1800's)
Hymn Category: Christian Songs
First Line of Hymn: "One thing I of the Lord desire, For all my path hath miry been"
First Publication Date:
Create in me a Clean Heart Lyrics
One thing I of the Lord desire,
For all my path hath miry been,
Be it by water or by fire,
O make me clean, O make me clean.
Wash me, Thou, without, within,
Or purge with fire, if that must be,
Anyhow, if only sin
Die out in me, die out, die out in me.
If clearer vision Thou impart,
Grateful and glad my soul shall be;
But yet to have a purer heart
Is more to me, is more to me.
Yea, only as this heart is clean
May larger vision yet be mine,
For mirrored in its depths are seen
The things divine, the things divine.
I watch to shun the miry way,
And stanch the springs of guilty thought,
But, watch and struggle as I may,
Pure I am not, pure I am not.