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155b. Ah, holy Jesus, how hast Thou offended

Ah, holy Jesus, how hast thou offended,
That man to judge thee hath in hate pretended?
By foes derided, by thine own rejected,
O most afflicted.

Who was the guilty? Who brought this upon thee?
Alas, my treason, Jesus, hath undone thee.
'Twas I, Lord Jesus, I it was denied thee:
I crucified thee.

Lo, the good Shepherd for the sheep is offered;
The slave hath sinned, and the Son hath suffered;
For man's atonement, while he nothing heedeth,
God intercedeth.

For me, kind Jesus, was thy incarnation,
Thy mortal sorrow, and thy life's oblation;
Thy death of anguish and thy bitter passion,
For my salvation.

Therefore, kind Jesus, 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.

Amen.

Text Information
First Line: Ah, holy Jesus, how hast Thou offended
Translator: Robert Bridges (1899)
Author: Johann Heermann (c. 1630)
Publication Date: 1916
Topic: Holy Week
Tune Information
Name: ECCE JAM NOCTIS
Key: d minor
Source: Sarum Plainsong, Mode IV



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