138. Ah, Holy Jesus

1 Ah, holy Jesus, how have you offended,
that we to judge you have in hate pretended?
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;
yes, I, Lord Jesus, I it was denied you;
I crucified you.

3 Lo, the good shepherd for the sheep is offered;
the slave is guilty, yet the Son has suffered;
for our atonement, 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
Translator: Robert Seymour Bridges (1899, alt.)
Author: Johann H. Heermann (1630)
Meter: 11 11 11 5
Language: English
Publication Date: 1996
Topic: The Christian Year: Holy Week; Adoration and Praise; Christian Year: Lent (32 more...)
Notes: Other translators also
Tune Information
Composer: Johann Crüger (1640)
Harmonizer: Johann Sebastian Bach (adapt.)
Meter: 11 11 11 5
Key: g minor

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