Paradise Lost

With apologies to John Milton
Sung to the tune ‘Sursum Corda’.

You gave us Paradise and we have marred,
Through greed and conquest, hate and human pride,
Creation’s glorious majesty, but yet
The world is all before us: Be our Guide!

You gave us Paradise and we have erred:
Misused, abused, exploited, and decried
The simple joys of tenderness and love:
The world still grieves before us: Be our Guide!

You gave us Paradise and we have warred:
Disputed, killed, divided and denied
Asylum for the weary refugee:
The world endures before us: Be our Guide!

You gave us Paradise, and we have failed
To its share it’s wealth and plenty and provide
For all its peoples, races, creeds, and skills:
The world remains before us: Be our Guide!

You gave us Paradise and we have sinned:
In each new age must Christ be crucified?
Must evil still be challenged, right restored?
The world still aches before us: Be our Guide!

You gave us Paradise and each new day
Brings hope renewed, faith strengthened for the way;
And through your love our lives are glorified –
The world is all before us: Be our Guide!