Ah, holy Jesu, how hast thou offended Lyrics
Judge eternal, throned in splendour,
Lord of lords and King of kings,
with thy living fire of judgement
purge this realm of bitter things:
solace all its wide dominion
with the healing of thy wings.
Still the weary folk are pining
for the hour that brings release:
and the city’s crowded clangour
cries aloud for sin to cease;
and the homesteads and the woodlands
plead in silence for their peace.
Crown, O God, thine own endeavour;
cleave our darkness with thy sword;
feed thy people’s hungry spirits
with the richness of thy word:
cleanse the body of this nation
through the glory of the Lord.
Meter: 87 87 87. Lyricist: Henry Scott Holland (1847 – 1918). Public Domain.
Rhuddlan ~ Recording
- Tune: Rhuddlan, a traditional Welsh melody, composer unknown. Public Domain.
- Performance ℗ 2016 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.
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