247. O Sacred Head, Now Wounded

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1 O sacred Head, now wounded,
with grief and shame weighed down;
now scornfully surrounded
with thorns, thine only crown;
O sacred Head, what glory,
what bliss till now was thine!
Yet, though despised and gory,
I joy to call thee mine.

2 What thou, my Lord, hast suffered
was all for sinners' gain:
mine, mine was the transgression,
but thine the deadly pain.
Lo, here I fall, my Savior!
'Tis I deserve thy place;
look on me with thy favor,
vouchsafe to me thy grace.

3 What language shall I borrow
to thank thee, dearest Friend,
for this, thy dying sorrow,
thy pity without end?
O make me thine for ever;
and should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never
outlive my love to thee.

Text Information
First Line: O sacred Head, now wounded
Title: O Sacred Head, Now Wounded
Author: Bernard of Clairvaux, 1091-1153
Translator: Paul Gerhardt (1656)
Translator: James W. Alexander (1830)
Publication Date: 1990
Meter: 7.6.7.6.D.
Scripture: Isaiah 53:5
Topic: Funerals; Jesus Christ: His Suffering; Christ: Love and Grace of2 more...
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: PASSION CHORALE
Composer: Hans Leo Hassler (1601)
Arranger: Johann Sebastian Bach (1729)
Meter: 7.6.7.6.D.
Key: a minor



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