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231. O Sacred Head, Now Wounded

1 O sacred Head, now wounded,
With grief and shame weighed down,
Now scornfully surrounded
with thorns, Thine only crown;
How pale Thou art with anguish,
With sore abuse and scorn!
How does that visage languish
Which once was bright as morn!

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,
Vouchsafe 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: German
Author: Paul Gerhardt
Translator: James W. Alexander
Meter: 7.6.7.6.D.
Language: English
Publication Date: 2008
Topic: Jesus, Our Love for Him; Jesus, Savior
Source: Medieval Latin poem (based on)
Tune Information
Name: PASSION CHORALE
Composer: Hans Leo Hassler
Harmonizer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Arranger (last stanza setting): Russell Mauldin
Meter: 7.6.7.6.D.
Key: C Major
Copyright: Arr. © Copyright 2008 Van Ness Press, Inc. (ASCAP) (admin. by LifeWay Worship). All rights reserved.



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