100. Ah, holy Jesu, how hast thou offended

1 Ah, holy Jesu, 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, my treason, Jesu, 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 yet the Son hath suffered:
for our atonement, while we nothing heeded,
God interceded.

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 Jesu, how hast thou offended
Translator: Robert Bridges, 1844-1930
Author: Johann Heermann, 1585-1647
Meter: 11 11 11 5
Language: English
Publication Date: 2000
Scripture: ; ; ; ; ;
Topic: Passiontide and Holy Week; Lent V: Year C; Proper 22: Year A
Source: 11th-century Latin meditation
Copyright: © Oxford University Press
Notes: Now Public Domain
Tune Information
Composer: Johann Crüger, 1598-1662
Meter: 11 11 11 5
Key: g minor

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