265. O Sacred Head, Now Wounded

1 O sacred head, now wounded,
with grief and shame weighed down,
now scornfully surrounded
with thorns, thy only crown:
how art thou pale with anguish,
with sore abuse and scorn!
How does that visage languish
which once was bright as morn!

2 What language shall I borrow
to thank thee, dearest friend,
for this thy dying sorrow,
thy pity without end?
Let me be thine forever.
And, should I fainting be,
oh, let me never, never
outlive my love to thee.

Text Information
First Line: O sacred head, now wounded
Title: O Sacred Head, Now Wounded
Author (attributed to): Bernard of Clairvaux, 1091-1153
Translator (German): Paulus Gerhardt, 1607-1676
Translator (English): James Waddell Alexander, 1804-1859 (alt.)
Language: English
Publication Date: 1993
Topic: Jewish and Christian Teachings: Good Friday; Easter; Good Friday and Palm Sunday
Source: Latin
Tune Information
Composer: Hans Leo Hassler, 1564-1612
Harmonizer: J. S. Bach, 1685-1750
Key: a minor or modal

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