Search our hearts, we pray, Lord;
shine your light within,
when we call our failings
anything but sin:            

Proud of our achievements,
though our aims are wrong;
you can see our motives,        
tainted all along.            

Search our poor excuses
when we shift the blame,
seeing faults in others
while we do the same.

You, O Christ, can cleanse us,     
judge us and forgive:
in the light you give us
let us walk, and live.

Christopher M Idle (b.1938) 
© Christopher M Idle, admin. The Jubilate Group 
Metre:  6 5 6 5 (CASWALL; NORTH COATES)