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299. O Sacred Head, Surrounded

1 O sacred head, surrounded
By crown of piercing thorn!
O bleeding head, so wounded,
Reviled and put to scorn!
The pow'r of death comes o'er you,
The glow of life decays,
Yet angel hosts adore you,
And tremble as they gaze.

2 I see your strength and vigor,
All fading in the strife,
And death with cruel rigor,
Bereaving you of life.
O agony and dying!
O love to sinners free!
Jesus, all grace supplying,
O turn your face on me.

3 In this, your bitter passion,
Good Shepherd, think of me
With your most sweet compassion,
Unworthy though I be:
Beneath your cross abiding
For ever would I rest,
In your dear love confiding,
And with your presence blest.

Text Information
First Line: O sacred head, surrounded
Title: O Sacred Head, Surrounded
Author (attributed to): Bernard of Clairvaux, 1091-1153
Translator: Henry Baker, 1821-1877
Publication Date: 2012
Meter: 7 6 7 6 D
Scripture: ;
Topic: Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord; Good Friday; Jesus Christ (7 more...)
Source: Salve caput cruentatum
Tune Information
Name: PASSION CHORALE
Composer: Hans Leo Hassler, 1564-1612
Harmonizer: J. S. Bach, 1685-1750
Meter: 7 6 7 6 D
Key: C Major



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