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Roi Couvert de Blessures

Representative Text

1 Roi couvert de blessures,
mourant pour nous, pécheurs,
Tu souffres sans murmure
la honte et la douleur.
De la splendeur divine
plus rien ne reste en toi,
Roi couronné d’épines,
cloué sur une croix!

2 Tu dois quitter la vie
de tous abandonné,
Quand vient ton agonie,
Dieu semble s’éloigner;
Mais au moment suprême,
vers lui jetant un cri,
Tu veux, dans ses mains
mêmes, remettre ton esprit.

3 Dois-tu vraiment connaître
le fond de la douleur,
Toi qui venais pour être
le grand libérateur?
Tu veux porter nos peines,
souffrir jusqu’à la mort,
Répondre à tant de haine
par plus d’amour encor.

4 Mais ton cruel martyre
prépare un jour nouveau:
Ta gloire et ton empire
auprès du Dieu très-haut.
Vers toi, dans la lumière,
tu veux nous attirer.
Tu veux conduire au Père
tous ceux qu’il t’a donnés.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #14090

Author (attributed to): Bernard de Clairvaux

Bernard of Clairvaux, saint, abbot, and doctor, fills one of the most conspicuous positions in the history of the middle ages. His father, Tecelin, or Tesselin, a knight of great bravery, was the friend and vassal of the Duke of Burgundy. Bernard was born at his father's castle on the eminence of Les Fontaines, near Dijon, in Burgundy, in 1091. He was educated at Chatillon, where he was distinguished for his studious and meditative habits. The world, it would be thought, would have had overpowering attractions for a youth who, like Bernard, had all the advantages that high birth, great personal beauty, graceful manners, and irresistible influence could give, but, strengthened in the resolve by night visions of his mother (who had died in 1… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Roi couvert de blessures
Title: Roi Couvert de Blessures
Author (attributed to): Bernard de Clairvaux
Language: French
Publication Date: 2001
Copyright: © Tout droits réservés



The tune HERZLICH TUT MICH VERLANGEN has been associated with Gerhardt's text ["O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden"] since they were first published together in 1656. The tune's first association with a sacred text was its attachment in 1913 [sic: should read 1613] to Christoph Knoll's funeral text "Herzl…

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Les Chants du Pèlerin #186


The Cyber Hymnal #14090

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