5. Ah, holy Jesus, how hast thou offended

1 Ah, holy Jesus, how hast thou offended,
that we to judge thee have in hate pretended?
By foes derided, by thine own rejected,
O most afflicted.

2 Who was the guilty? Who brought this upon thee?
Alas, O Lord, my treason hath undone thee.
'Twas I, Lord Jesu, 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, Christ himself is pleading,
still interceding.

4 For me, kind Jesu, 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 Jesu, 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.

Text Information
First Line: Ah, holy Jesus, how hast thou offended
Title: Ah, holy Jesus, how hast thou offended
Translator (from German): Robert Bridges, 1844-1930 (alt.)
Translator (from Latin): J. Heerman, 1585-1647
Language: English
Publication Date: 2000
Scripture: ; ; ; ; ;
Topic: Passiontide; Year A: Palm Sunday: Liturgy of the Passion; Year C: Sunday Next Before Lent (1 more...)
Source: Based on an 11th century Latin meditation
Tune Information
Composer: Johann Crüger, 1598-1662
Meter: 11 11 11 5
Key: f minor

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