345. O Sacred Head, Now Wounded

1 O sacred head, now wounded,
with grief and shame weighed down,
now scornfully surrounded
with thorns your only crown.
O sacred head, what glory
and blessing you have known!
Yet, though despised and gory,
I claim you as my own.

2 My Lord, what you did suffer
was all for sinner's gain;
mine, mine was the transgression,
but yours the deadly pain.
So here I kneel, my Savior,
for I deserve your place;
look on me with thy favor
and save me by your grace.

3 What language shall I borrow
to thank you, dearest friend,
for this, your dying sorrow,
your mercy without end?
Lord, make me yours forever,
a loyal servant true,
and let me never, never
outlive my love to you.

Text Information
First Line: O sacred head, now wounded
Title: O Sacred Head, Now Wounded
Original Language: German
Translator: Paul Gerhardt (1656)
Translator: James Waddell Alexander (1830, alt.)
Meter: Iambic
Language: English
Publication Date: 1995
Scripture: ; ; ; ; ;
Topic: Holy Week; Christ--Sacrifice of; Christian year--Holy Week (1 more...)
Source: Medieval Latin
Tune Information
Composer: Hans Leo Hassler (1601)
Meter: Iambic
Key: C Major
Source: C. Gregor Choralbuch (1784); Popular Melody
Notes: 151 A in 1891 Offices of Worship and Hymns

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