234. Ah! holy Jesu, how hast thou offended

1 Ah! holy Jesu, how hast thou offended
that cruel judgement hath on thee descended?
By foes derided, by thine own rejected,
O most afflicted.

2 What was the reason? Who hath thus displayed thee?
Ours in the treason, Saviour, that betrayed thee.
Our sin, Lord Jesus, sold thee and denied thee:
we crucified thee.

3 See, the good Shepherd for the sheep is offered:
the slave hath sinned and the Son hath suffered
for our atonement; while we nothing heeded,
God interceded.

4 For us, kind Jesus, was thine incarnation:
thy mortal sorrow and they life's oblation,
thy death of anguish and thy bitter passion,
for our salvation.

5 Therefore, kind Saviour, since we cannot pay thee,
we now adore thee and will ever pray thee,
think on thy pity and thy love unswerving,
not our deserving.

Text Information
First Line: Ah! holy Jesu, how hast thou offended
Title: Ah! holy Jesu, how hast thou offended
Author: Johann Heermann, 1585-1647
Meter: 11 11 11 5
Language: English
Publication Date: 1997
Topic: Church Year: Good Friday; Jesus Christ: Shepherd; Lament (2 more...)
Source: Translation: Yattendon Hymnal, 1899, alt.
Copyright: Public Domain
Tune Information
Composer: Johann Crüger, 1598-1662
Harmonizer: J. S. Bach, 1685-1750
Meter: 11 11 11 5
Key: G Major or modal
Copyright: Public Domain

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