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Text:O Darkest Woe
Author (sts. 2-7):Johann Rist
Translator:Catherine Winkworth

167. O Darkest Woe

1 O darkest woe!
Ye tears, forth flow!
Has earth so sad a wonder?
God the Father's only Son
Now is buried yonder.

2 O sorrow dread!
God's Son is dead!
But by His expiation
Of our guilt upon the cross
Gained for us salvation.

3 O sinful man!
It was the ban
Of death on thee that brought Him
Down to suffer for thy sins
And such woe hath wrought Him.

4 Lo, stained with blood,
The Lamb of God,
The Bridegroom, lies before thee,
Pouring out His life that He
May to life restore thee.

5 O Ground of faith,
Laid low in death,
Sweet lips. now silent sleeping!
Surely all that live must mourn
Here with bitter weeping.

6 O blest shall be
Who oft in faith will ponder
Why the glorious Prince of Life
Should be buried yonder.

7 O Jesus blest,
My Help and Rest,
With tears I now entreat Thee:
Make me love Thee to the last,
Till in heaven I greet Thee.


Text Information
First Line: O darkest woe!
Title: O Darkest Woe
German Title: O Traurigkeit, o Herzeleid
Translator: Catherine Winkworth (1863, alt.)
Author (sts. 2-7): Johann Rist (1641, ab.)
Language: English
Publication Date: 1941
Topic: The Church Year: Good Friday
Source: "Wilrzburger Gesangbuch," 1628, st. 1
Tune Information
Key: f minor
Source: "W├╝rzberger Gesangbuch," 1628

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