When Christ hung on the cursed tree

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I. When Christ hung on the cursed Tree,
A bloody Sacrfice for Thee,
Bereft of Consolation,
His Seven last words, of all, deserve
Thy deepest Meditation.

II. The First bespeaks the Depth of Love;
In which he pray'd to God above
For his imbitter'd Nation.
Father, forgive our Ignorance
At thy Son's Intercession.

III. The Second was the great Relief
He promis'd the repenting Thief,
Firmly asseverated.
Lord bring us to thy Paradise,
When we are hence translated.

IV, The Third, the Care he well apply'd,
For his blest Mother to provide
By him whom he best loved.
Provide, O God, for Those we leave,
When we are hence removed.

V. The Fourth was, when he cried: I thirst!
Alas! for whom, but for the Curst,
And all Mankind's Redemption?
Lord, true Repentance grant, that we
May answer thy Intention.

VI. The Fifth the Lord in Anguish spoke:
Why hast thou, God, my soul forsook,
While ev'ry Terror presses?
Lord, grant our Souls from thy Distress
May fetch all-healing Graces.

VII. 'Tis finish'd: was the following word,
By which our great and dying Lord
Retriev'd our lost Salvation.
Ye mourning Winners, all rejoice
To hear this Declaration.

VIII. The Sev'nth was: Father to thy Hand
My Soul and Spirit I commend:
This be my last Expression.
Lord Jesu! when thou call'st me hence,
Take me to thy Possession.

IX. Whoever pays a deep Regard
To these Expressions of our Lord,
And mourns their sad Occasion,
Will lay, for everlasting Life,
A strong and sure Foundation.

Source: Psalmodia Germanica: or, The German Psalmody: translated from the high Dutch together with their proper tunes and thorough bass (2nd ed., corr. and enl.) #32

Author: Johannes Zwick

Zwick, Johann, son of Conrad Zwick, Rathsherr at Constanz, was born at Constanz, circa 1496. He studied law at the Universities of Basel, Freiburg, Paris, and Padua (where he graduated LL.D.), and was for some time a tutor in law at Freiburg and at Basel. In 1518 he entered the priesthood, and in 1522 was appointed parish priest of Riedlingen on the Upper Danube. Being accused of Lutheran tendencies, he was forbidden in 1523 to officiate, and in 1525 his living was formally taken from him. He returned to Constanz, and was appointed by the Council in 1527 as one of the town preachers. Here he laboured unweariedly, caring specially for the children, the poor, and the refugees, till 1542. In Aug. 1542, the people of Bischofszell, in Thurgau, h… Go to person page >

Translator: Johann Christian Jacobi

Jacobi, John Christian, a native of Germany, was born in 1670, and appointed Keeper of the Royal German Chapel, St. James's Palace, London, about 1708. He held that post for 42 years, and died Dec. 14, 1750. He was buried in the Church of St. Paul's, Covent Garden. His publications included :— (1) A Collection of Divine Hymns, Translated from the High Dutch. Together with their Proper Tunes and Thorough Bass. London: Printed and Sold by J. Young, in St. Paul’s Churchyard; . . . 1720. This edition contains 15 hymns. Two years later this collection, with a few changes in the text and much enlarged, was republished as (2) Psalmodia Germanica; or a Specimen of Divine Hymns. Translated from the High Dutch. Together with their Proper Tunes… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: When Christ hung on the cursed tree
German Title: Da Jesus an dem Creutze stund
Author: Johannes Zwick
Translator: Johann Christian Jacobi
Language: English


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Psalmodia Germanica #32

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