1 Ah, holy Jesus, how have you offended,
that mortal judgment has on you descended?
By foes derided, by your own rejected,
O most afflicted!
2 Who was the guilty? Who brought this upon you?
It is my treason, Lord, that has undone you.
'Twas I, Lord Jesus, I it was denied you;
I crucified you.
3 For me, kind Jesus, was your incarnation,
your mortal sorrow, and your life's oblation,
your death of anguish and your bitter passion,
for my salvation.
4 Therefore, dear Jesus, since I cannot pay you,
I do adore you and will ever pray you,
think on your pity and your love unswerving,
not my deserving.
|First Line:||Ah, holy Jesus, how have you offended|
|Title:||Ah, Holy Jesus|
|Author:||Johann Heermann (1630)|
|Translator:||Robert Bridges (1899, alt.)|
|Source:||paraphrase of Jean de Fécamp, 11th C.|
|Composer:||Johann Crüger (1640)|