Try us, O God, and search the ground
Of every sinful heart;
Whate’er of sin in us is found,
O bid it all depart.
When to the right or left we stray,
Leave us not comfortless;
But guide our feet into the way
Of everlasting peace.
Help us to help each other, Lord,
Each other’s cross to bear;
Let each his friendly aid afford,
And feel his brother’s care.
Help us to build each other up,
Our little stock improve;
Increase our faith, confirm our hope,
And perfect us in love.
Up unto Thee, our living head,
Let us in all things grow,
Till Thou hast made us free indeed,
And sinless here below.
Then when the mighty work is wrought,
Receive Thy ready bride:
Give us in Heav’n a happy lot
With all the sanctified.