1 Ah, holy Jesus, how hast thou offended,
that we to judge thee have in hate pretended?
By foes derided, by thine own rejected,
O most afflicted!
2 Who was the guilty? Who brought this upon thee?
Alas, my treason, Jesus, hath undone thee.
’Twas I, Lord Jesus, I it was denied thee;
I crucified thee.
3 Lo, the Good Shepherd for the sheep is offered;
the slave hath sinned, and the Son hath suffered;
for our atonement, while we nothing heeded,
4 For me, kind Jesus, was thine incarnation,
thy mortal sorrow, and thy life’s oblation,
thy death of anguish and thy bitter passion,
for my salvation.
5 Therefore, kind Jesus, since I cannot pay thee,
I do adore thee, and will ever pray thee,
think on thy pity and thy love unswerving,
not my deserving.
|First Line:||Ah, holy Jesus, how hast thou offended|
|Title:||Ah, Holy Jesus|
|Translator:||Robert Bridges (1899, alt.)|
|Author:||Johann Heermann (1630)|
|Scripture:||Isaiah 53:3-5; John 10:11; John 19:17-30; Romans 5:6-11; Galatians 3:13; 1 Peter 3:18|
|Topic:||Atonement; Christian Year: Palm Sunday; Christian Year: Maundy Thursday5 more...|
|Composer:||Johann Crüger (1640)|
This beautiful English paraphrase of a German meditation on Christ’s Passion bears testimony to the unobtrusive poetic skill and musical sensitivity of a future Poet Laureate of England. The associated chorale is no less carefully crafted and rewards singing in parts.
|Audio recording:||Audio (MP3)|