117. O Dearest Jesus

1 O dearest Jesus, what law have you broken
That such sharp sentence should on you be spoken?
Of what great crime have you to make confession--
What dark transgression?

2 They crown your head with thorns, they smite, they scourge you;
With cruel mockings to the cross they urge you;
They give you gall to drink, they still decry you;
They crucify you.

3 Whence come these sorrows, whence this mortal anguish?
It is my sins for which you, Lord, must languish;
Yes, all the wrath, the woe that you inherit,
This I do merit.

4 What punishment so strange is suffered yonder!
The Shepherd dies for sheep that loved to wander;
The Master pays the debt his servants owe him,
Who would not know him.

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6 I'll think upon your mercy without ceasing,
That earth's vain joys to me no more be pleasing;
To do your will shall be my sole endeavor
Henceforth forever.

7 And when, dear Lord, before your throne in heaven
To me the crown of joy at last is given,
Where sweetest hymns your saints forever raise you,
I too shall praise you.

Text Information
First Line: O dearest Jesus, what law have your broken
Title: O Dearest Jesus
Original Language: German
Author: Johann Heermann, 1585-1647
Translator (st. 1-4, 6-7): Catherine Winkworth, 1827-78 (alt.)
Meter: 11 11 11 5
Publication Date: 1993
Topic: Lent
Source: Translation st. 5 The Lutheran Hymnal, St. Louis, 1941, alt.
Tune Information
Name: HERZLIEBSTER JESU
Composer: Johann Crüger, 1598-1662
Meter: 11 11 11 5
Key: g minor
Copyright: Setting: © 1993 Kermit G. Moldenhauer. Used by permission.



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