109. Jesus, I Will Ponder Now

1 Jesus, I will ponder now
On your holy Passion;
With your Spirit me endow
For such 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
Brought your deep affliction;
This the shameful cause has been
Of your crucifixion.

4 Grant that I your Passion view
With repentant grieving,
Let me not bring shame to you
By unholy living.
How could I refuse to shun
Ev'ry sinful pleasure
Since for me God's only Son
Suffered without measure?

5 If my sins give me alarm
And my conscience grieve me,
Let your cross my fear disarm,
Peace and pardon give me.
Grant that I may trust in you
And your holy Passion;
If his Son forgives anew,
God must have compassion.

6 Jesus, Lord, my heart renew,
Let me bear my crosses,
Learning humbleness from you,
Peace despite my losses.
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
Author: Sigismund von Birken, 1626-81
Translator: August Crull, 1846-1923 (alt.)
Meter: 76 76 D
Language: English
Publication Date: 1982
Topic: Cross-bearing; Passion Week
Tune Information
Name: JESU KREUZ, LEIDEN UND PEIN
Composer: Melchior Vulpius, c. 1560-1615
Meter: 76 76 D
Key: E♭ Major



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