De Quelle Offense Portes-Tu La Peine?

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1 De quelle offense portes-tu la peine
Quand, au supplice, les bourreaux te traînent?
Christ, le seul juste, rachetant nos crimes,
S’offre en victime.

2 Il intercède jusqu’à l’agonie,
Quand on le juge, quand on le renie,
Quand on le frappe, quand on l’abandonne:
"Père, pardonne!"

3 Oh! saint exemple qui nous humilie!
Oh! sacrifice qui nous rend la vie!
Christ est le gage de la délivrance,
Notre espérance.

4 Toi qui nous sauves, qui nous rends au Père,
Que son royaume vienne sur la terre!
Qu’il s’établisse parmi ceux qui l’aiment,
Comme au ciel même!

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #13948

Author: Johann Heermann

Johann Heermann's (b. Raudten, Silesia, Austria, 1585; d. Lissa, Posen [now Poland], 1647) own suffering and family tragedy led him to meditate on Christ's undeserved suffering. The only surviving child of a poor furrier and his wife, Heermann fulfilled his mother's vow at his birth that, if he lived, he would become a pastor. Initially a teacher, Heermann became a minister in the Lutheran Church in Koben in 1611 but had to stop preaching in 1634 due to a severe throat infection. He retired in 1638. Much of his ministry took place during the Thirty Years' War. At times he had to flee for his life and on several occasions lost all his possessions. Although Heermann wrote many of his hymns and poems during these devastating times, his persona… Go to person page >

Translator: Anonymous

In some hymnals, the editors noted that a hymn's author is unknown to them, and so this artificial "person" entry is used to reflect that fact. Obviously, the hymns attributed to "Author Unknown" "Unknown" or "Anonymous" could have been written by many people over a span of many centuries. Go to person page >

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First Line: De quelle offense portes-tu la peine
Title: De Quelle Offense Portes-Tu La Peine?
German Title: Herzliebster Jesu
Author: Johann Heermann
Translator: Anonymous
Language: French
Copyright: Public Domain



Partially based on earlier melodies (including the Genevan tune for Psalm 23), HERZ LIEBSTER JESU was composed by Johann Crüger (PHH 42) and published in his Neues vollkömliches Gesangbuch (1640). Johann S. Bach (PHH 7) used the tune in both his St. Matthew Passion and St. John Passion, and variou…

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