Psalm 51 

      A prayer of repentance.
      The sinner pleas to the tender God
      to be made whole, to be a new creation.

      Have mercy, tender God,
      forget that I defied you.
      Wash away my sin,
      cleanse me from my guilt.

      I know my evil well,
      it stares me in the face,
      evil done to you alone
      before your very eyes.

      How right your condemnation!
      Your verdict clearly just.
      You see me for what I am,
      a sinner before my birth.

      You love those centered in truth;
      teach me your hidden wisdom.
      Wash me with fresh water,
      wash me bright as snow.

      Fill me with happy songs,
      let the bones you bruised now dance.
      Shut your eyes to my sin,
      make my guilt disappear.

      Creator, reshape my heart,
      God, steady my spirit.
      Do not cast me aside
      stripped of your holy spirit.

      Save me, bring back my joy,
      support me, strengthen my will.
      Then I will teach your way
      and sinners will turn to you.

      Help me, stop my tears,
      and I will sing your goodness.
      Lord, give me words
      and I will shout your praise.

      When I offer a holocaust,
      the gift does not please you.
      So I offer my shattered spirit;
      a changed heart you welcome.

      In your love make Zion lovely,
      rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
      Then sacrifice will please you,
      young bulls upon your altar.

      International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. The Psalter (Chicago , IL: Archdiocese of Chicatio: Liturgy Training Publications 1995)