221. O Sacred Head, Now Wounded

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1 O sacred head, now wounded,
with grief and shame weighed down;
now scornfully surrounded
with thorns, thine only crown;
O sacred head, what glory,
what bliss till now was thine!
Yet, though despised and gory,
I joy to call thee mine.

2 What thou, my Lord, hast suffered
was all for sinners’ gain:
mine, mine was the transgression,
but thine the deadly pain.
Lo, here I fall, my Savior!
’Tis I deserve thy place;
look on me with thy favor,
and grant to me thy grace.

3 What language shall I borrow
to thank thee, dearest friend,
for this thy dying sorrow,
thy pity without end?
O make me thine forever;
and should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never
outlive my love to thee.

Text Information
First Line: O sacred head, now wounded
Title: O Sacred Head, Now Wounded
Original Language: Latin
Translator: James Waddell Alexander (1830, alt.)
Publication Date: 2013
Scripture: Isaiah 53:3-5; Isaiah 63:9; Zechariah 12:10; Matthew 27:26-50; Mark 15:17-18; Luke 24:26; John 19:2-3; Romans 5:6-8; 2 Corinthians 5:14-15; Philippians 2:8; Hebrews 2:9; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 Peter 3:18; 1 John 4:19
Topic: Atonement; Christian Year: Palm Sunday; Christian Year: Maundy Thursday (7 more...)
Source: Latin, 12th or 13th cent.
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer: Hans Leo Hassler (1601)
Harmonizer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1729)
Key: C Major

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This poignant hymn originated in a series of Holy Week meditations focused on the parts of Christ’s crucified body: feet, knees, hands, side, breast, heart, face. First joined to secular words, this chorale melody has appeared with this text since the mid-17th century.

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