Lyrics ~ 5 verses
Suitable for: Lent, Passiontide, Good Friday
Ah, holy Jesus, how hast thou offended,
that man to judge thee hath in hate pretended?
By foes derided, by thine own rejected,
O most afflicted.
Who was the guilty? Who brought this upon thee?
Alas, my treason, Jesus, hath undone thee.
‘Twas I, Lord Jesus, I it was denied thee:
I crucified thee.
Lo, the Good Shepherd for the sheep is offered;
the slave hath sinned, and the Son hath suffered;
for our atonement, while we nothing heedeth,
For me, kind Jesus, was thy incarnation,
thy mortal sorrow, and thy life’s oblation;
thy death of anguish and thy bitter passion,
for my salvation.
Therefore, kind Jesus, since I cannot pay thee,
I do adore thee, and will ever pray thee,
think on thy pity and thy love unswerving,
not my deserving.
Lyrics Based on an 11th Century meditation by Johann Heermann (1585 – 1647) and translated by Robert Seymour Bridges (1844 – 1930). Public Domain.
- Tune: Herzliebster Jesu
- Composer: Johann Crüger (1598 – 1662) arranger: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)
- Meter: 11 11 11 5
- Music Public Domain.
- Performance ℗ 2020 Richard M.S. Irwin, All rights reserved. ISRC UKTU21900116
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