156. Ah, Holy Jesus

1 Ah, holy Jesus, how have You offended,
that mortal judgment has on You descended?
By foes derided, by Your own rejected,
O most afflicted!

2 Who was the guilty? Who brought this upon You?
Alas, my treason, Jesus, has undone You!
'Twas I, Lord Jesus, I it was denied You;
I crucified You.

3 Lo, the Good Shepherd for the sheep is offered;
the slave has sinnèd, and the Son has suffered.
For our atonement, while we nothing heeded,
God interceded.

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

5 Therefore, kind Jesus, since I cannot pay You,
I do adore You, and will ever pray You,
think on Your pity and Your love unswerving,
not my deserving.

Text Information
First Line: Ah, holy Jesus, how have You offended
Title: Ah, Holy Jesus
Author: Johann Heermann (1630)
Translator: Robert Bridges (1899, alt.)
Meter: 11.11.11.5
Language: English
Publication Date: 2017
Topic: Jesus Christ: Suffering and Death
Tune Information
Name: HERZLIEBSTER JESU
Composer: Johann Crüger (1640)
Meter: 11.11.11.5
Key: f minor



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