413. Ah, Dearest Jesus, How Hast Thou Offended

1 Ah, dearest Jesus, how hast Thou offended,
That such fell judgment hath on Thee descended?
What deeds of evil bring Thee tribulation
And condemnation?

2 They have chastised Thee, thorns the crown Thou wearest,
Thy face is smitten, cruel taunts Thou bearest,
Gall Thou art given, on the cross in anguish
Thou, Lord, dost languish.

3 Whence come these sorrows? Why art Thou afflicted?
For me, a sinner, art Thou, Lord, convicted;
All Thou endurest, while as victim offered,
I should have suffered.

4 O love unfathomed, that for my salvation
Thou, Lord, dost suffer such humiliation!
While as a worldling I loved mirth and gladness,
Thine is the sadness.

5 For Thy compassion, Hope of every nation,
What can I bring Thee as a meet oblation?
My best endeavors weak returns but render
For love so tender.

6 But when in heaven, at Thy throne of glory,
With saints united, I shall tell the story
Of love unbounded, and in adoration
Laud Thy salvation.

Text Information
First Line: Ah, dearest Jesus how hast Thou offended
Title: Ah, Dearest Jesus, How Hast Thou Offended
Translator: J. F. Ohl (a.)
Author: Johann Heermann (1585)
Meter: P. M.
Language: English
Publication Date: 1930
Topic: The Church Year: Passion
Tune Information
Composer: J. Crüger (1640)
Meter: P. M.
Key: g minor
Source: German chorale: Herzliebster Jesu

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