Ah, holy Jesu, how hast thou offended (Herzliebster Jesu) – Organ

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,
God intercedeth.

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.
  • IRSC: UKTU21900116

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