345. Jesus, I Will Ponder Now

1 Jesus, I will ponder now
on your holy passion;
let your Spirit now endow
me for meditation.
Grant that I in love and faith
may the image cherish
of your suff'ring, pain, and death,
that I may not perish.

2 Make me see your great distress,
anguish, and affliction,
bonds and blows and wretchedness
and your crucifixion;
make me see how scourge and rod,
spear and nails, did wound you,
how you died for those, O God,
who with thorns had crowned you.

3 Yet, O Lord, not thus alone
make me see your passion,
but its cause to me make known
and its termination.
For I also and my sin
wrought your deep affliction;
this the shameful cause has been
of your crucifixion.

4 Let me view your pain and loss
with repentant grieving,
nor prepare again your cross
by unholy living.
May I give you love for love!
Hear me, O my Savior,
that I may in heav’n above
sing your praise forever.

Text Information
First Line: Jesus, I will ponder now
Title: Jesus, I Will Ponder Now
Author: Sigismund von Birken, 1628-1681
Translator: August Crull, 1846-1923 (alt.)
Meter: 7 6 7 6 D
Language: English
Publication Date: 2006
Topic: Holy Week, Three Days; Cross-bearing
Tune Information
Composer: Melchior Vulpius, 1570-1615
Meter: 7 6 7 6 D
Key: E♭ Major

Audio recording: MP3
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