62b. Ah, holy Jesu, how hast thou offended

1 Ah, holy Jesu, how hast thou offended,
That man to judge thee hath 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 the Son hath suffered;
For man's atonement, while he nothing heedeth,
God intercedeth.

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: J. Heermann, 1585-1647
Meter: 11 11 11 5
Publication Date: 1986
Topic: The Christian Year: Lent
Source: Based on an 11th century Latin meditation
Tune Information
Composer: J. Crüger, 1598-1662
Harmonizer: J. S. Bach, 1685-1750
Meter: 11 11 11 5
Key: g minor

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