Lo! on the inglorious tree

Lo! on the inglorious tree

Author: William John Blew
Tune: ST. CROSS (33344)
Published in 4 hymnals

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1 Lo—on th’inglorious tree
Our God, the God of Glory, hangs;
All steeped in blood is He,
And pierced with pangs.

2 A felon’s death He dies,
Uplift betwixt that robber-twain;
Sweet Lamb for sacrifice,
By sinners slain.

3 Pale, pale grows that dear brow,
In death that drooping head declines;
His parched lip moves and now
His soul resigns—

4 His placid soul—oh! gaze
On that wan face, that crown of thorn;
Those eyes which death-films glaze,
There look and mourn.

5 Mourn, and, with tears of blood,
Weep till thine eyes in death grow dim,
For Him unto the wood
Thou nail’st, yea Him—

6 To whom, the mighty God,
Washing in blood our sins away,
Our everlasting laud
We meekly pay.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #14158

Author: William John Blew

Blew, William John, M.A., son of William Blew, born April 13, 1808, and educated at Great Ealing School, and Wadham College, Oxford, where he graduated B.A. in 1830, and M.A., 1832. On taking Holy Orders, Mr. Blew was Curate of Nuthurst and Cocking, and St. Anne's, Westminster, and for a time Incumbent of St. John's next Gravesend. Besides translations from Homer (Iliad, bks. i., ii., &c.) and Æschylus (Agamemnon the King), and works on the Book of Common Prayer, including a paraphrase on a translation of the same in Latin, he edited the Breviarium Aherdonense, 1854; and published a pamphlet on Hymns and Hymn Books, 1858; and (with Dr. H. J. Gauntlett) The Church Hymn and Tune Book, 1852, 2nd ed. 1855. Tho hymns in this last work are chief… Go to person page >

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First Line: Lo! on the inglorious tree
Author: William John Blew
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Aspice, infami Deus ipse ligno. [Passiontide.] In the Appendix to the Roman Breviary, Bologna, 1827, it is the Hymn at Matins for the Feast of the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ, to be observed on the Tuesday after Sexagesima Sunday. It is now adopted for use in England on the Friday after Sexagesima Sunday; by the Benedictine Order on Tuesday. See Aspice ut Verbum Patris.
[Rev. W. A. Shoults, B.D.]
Translations in common use:—
2. Lo! on the inglorious tree. By W. J. Blew. First printed for use in his church, and then published in his Church Hymn & Tune Book, 1852, Passiontide, No. 23, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and from thence (much altered) into the New Congregational Hymn Book, 1859, No. 376, and the Rev. Howard Rice's Selection 1870, No. 40.

-- Excerpts from John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



The Cyber Hymnal #14158
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