381. 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 man's atonement, while he nothing heedeth,
God intercedeth.

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 mercy and thy love unswerving,
not my deserving.

Text Information
First Line: Ah, holy Jesus, how hast thou offended
Paraphraser: Robert Bridges (1844-1930)
Author: Johann Heermann (1585-1647)
Meter: 11 11 11 5
Language: English
Publication Date: 2008
Scripture: ; ;
Topic: Life in Christ: Christ Incarnate - Passion and Death; Christian Year: Holy Week; Devotion
Source: based on Latin meditation, 11th century
Tune Information
Composer: Johann Crüger (1640)
Harmonizer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Meter: 11 11 11 5
Key: g minor
Source: Neues vollkömliches Gesangbuch, Berlin, 1640

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