Text:O Sacred Head, Now Wounded
Adapter:Paul Gerhardt
Author (attributed to):Bernard of Clairvaux
Translator (from German):James W. Alexander
Composer:Hans Leo Hassler
Harmonizer:J. S. Bach

316. O Sacred Head, Now Wounded

1 O sacred Head, now wounded,
With grief and shame weighed down;
Now scornfully surrounded
With thorns, Thine only crown.
How pale Thou art with anguish,
With sore abuse and scorn;
How does that visage languish
Which once was bright as morn!

2 What Thou, my Lord, hast suffered
Was all for sinners' gain:
Mine, mine was the transgression,
But Thine the deadly pain.
Lo, here I fall, my Savior;
'Tis I deserve Thy place.
Look on me with Thy favor;
Assist me with Thy grace.

3 What language shall I borrow
To thank Thee, dearest Friend,
For this, Thy dying sorrow,
Thy pity without end?
O make me Thine forever;
And, should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never
Outlive my love to Thee.

Text Information
First Line: O sacred Head, now wounded
Title: O Sacred Head, Now Wounded
Adapter: Paul Gerhardt
Author (attributed to): Bernard of Clairvaux
Translator (from German): James W. Alexander
Publication Date: 1997
Topic: Christ: Atonement, Crucifixion, Suffering and Death
Tune Information
Composer: Hans Leo Hassler
Harmonizer: J. S. Bach
Key: C Major

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