221. 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, and grant 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 forever; 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
Attributed to: Bernard of Clairvaux, 12th C.
Translator (German): Paul Gerhardt (1656)
Translator (English): James W. Alexander (1830)
Meter: 7.6.7.6.D.
Scripture: Isaiah 53:3-4; Matthew 27:27-31; Mark 15:17-20
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: PASSION CHORALE
Composer: Hans Leo Hassler (1601)
Arranger: J. S. Bach (1729)
Meter: 7.6.7.6.D.
Key: a minor



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