Hymn -- O Sacred head, surrounded -- Lyrics
O Sacred head, surrounded
by crown of piercing thorn!
O bleeding head, so wounded,
reviled and put to scorn!
Death’s pallid hue comes over you
The glow of life decays,
yet angel hosts adore thee
and tremble as they gaze
I see thy strength and vigor
all fading in the strife,
and death with cruel rigor,
bereaving thee of life;
O agony and dying!
O love to sinners free!
Jesus, all grace supplying,
O turn thy face on me.
In this thy bitter passion,
Good Shepherd, think of me
with thy most sweet compassion,
unworthy though I be:
beneath thy cross abiding
for ever would I rest,
in thy dear love confiding,
and with thy presence blest.
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- Tune: Passion Chorale
- Meter: 76 76 D
- Style: Lutheran, German Reformation, Baroque
- Church Year: Lent, Passiontide
- Composer: Hans Leo Hassler (1564 -- 1612)
- Arranger: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 -- 1750)
- Lyricist: Paul Gerhardt (1607 -- 1676)
- Translator: Henry Williams Baker (1821 -- 1877)
- Music and Lyrics Public Domain.
- Performance Copyright ℗ 2018 Richard M S Irwin, Certain rights reserved.