1 Come, let us search our ways and try;
Have they been just and right?
Is the great rule of equity
Our practice and delight?
2 What we would have our neighbor do,
Have we still done the same?
From others ne'er withheld the due,
Which we from others claim?
3 Have we ne'er envied others' good,
Nor envied others' praise?
In no man's path malignant stood,
Nor us'd detraction's ways?
4 Have we not, deaf to his request,
Turn'd from another's woe?
The scorn, which wrings the suff'rer's heart,
Have we abhorr'd to whew?
5 Then may we raise our modest pray'r
To God, the just and kind;
May humbly cast on him our care,
And hope his grace to find.
6 Religion's path they never trod,
Who equity contemn;
Nor ever are they just to God,
Who prove unjust to men.
Source: A Collection of Hymns and A Liturgy: for the use of Evangelical Lutheran Churches; to which are added prayers for families and individuals #338