158. Ah, holy Jesus, how hast thou offended

1. Ah, holy Jesus, how hast thou offended,
that man to judge thee hath in hate pretended?
By foes derided, by thine own rejected,
O most afflicted.

2. Who was the guilty? Who brought this upon thee?
Alas, my treason, Jesus, hath undone thee.
'Twas I, Lord Jesus, I it was denied thee:
I crucified thee.

3. Lo, the Good Shepherd for the sheep is offered;
the slave hath sinned, and the Son hath suffered;
for our atonement, while we nothing heeded,
God interceded.

4. For me, kind Jesus, was thy incarnation,
thy mortal sorrow, and thy life's oblation;
thy death of anguish and thy bitter passion,
for my salvation.

5. Therefore, kind Jesus, since I cannot pay thee,
I do adore thee, and will ever pray thee,
think on thy pity and thy love unswerving,
not my deserving.

Text Information
First Line: Ah, holy Jesus, how hast thou offended
Author: Johann Heermann, 1585-1647
Translator: Robert Seymour Bridges, 1844-1930
Meter: 11 11. 11 5
Language: English
Publication Date: 1985
Tune Information
Name: HERZLIEBSTER JESU
Composer: Johann Cruger, 1598-1662 (alt.)
Meter: 11 11. 11 5
Key: c minor



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