Ah Holy Jesu How Hast Thou Offended : Lyrics
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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,
4. 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.
5. 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.
- Meter: 11 11 11 5.
Ah Holy Jesu How Hast Thou Offended : Recording
- Tune: Herzliebster Jesu, composed by Johann Crüger (1598 – 1662) and arranged by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750). Music Public Domain.
- Performance ℗ 2020 Richard M S Irwin, All rights reserved. ISRC UKTU21900116
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