HW Songs #6 Ah Holy Jesus

Georges Rouault - Miserere

The last song in our series of  music for Holy Week is “Ah, Holy Jesus…” written by Johann Heermann, a 16th cent. German Pastor.  For ancient hymn texts it is a startling personalization of sin and Christ’s work on our behalf. Read more about this hymn at hymnary.org.

Ah, Holy Jesus How Hast Thou Offended
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Ah, holy Jesus, how hast thou offended,
That man to judge thee hath in hate pretended?
By foes derided, by thine own rejected,
O most afflicted.

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.

Lo, the good Shepherd for the sheep is offered;
The slave hath sinned, and the Son hath suffered;
For man’s atonement, while he nothing heedeth,
God intercedeth.

For me, kind Jesus, was thy incarnation,
Thy mortal sorrow, and thy life’s oblation;
Thy death of anguish and thy bitter passion,
For my salvation.

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.

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