115. 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 stripes 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
Original Language: German
Translator: August Crull, 1846-1923 (alt.)
Author: Sigismund von Birken, 1626-1681
Meter: 76 76 D
Language: English
Publication Date: 1978
Topic: Holy Week; Cross-bearing
Tune Information
Composer: Melchior Vulpius, c. 1560-1615
Meter: 76 76 D
Key: E♭ Major

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