Saturday, February 04, 2006

Ah, holy Jesus

I will be singing this hymn written by Johann Heerman (a reknowned German poet of the 17th century) and translated by Robert Bridges to Johann Cruger's tune HERZLIEBSTER JESU for the evening service this Lord's Day. This hymn, including this tune, was used by J. S. Bach in his St. Matthew's Passion, and was loosely based on a Latin hymn attributed to Augustine and Anselm.

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 heeded,
God interceded.

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.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Scott Aniol said...

This is a wonderful hymn. My brass group played this in our service not too long ago.

2/05/2006 08:02:00 AM  
Blogger Ryan Martin said...

I like it a great deal.

2/05/2006 09:31:00 PM  
Blogger Todd Mitchell said...

Ryan, I found it! I was surprised not to find it in my old Lutheran hymnal, and almost despaired after searching other hymnals fruitlessly here at my house.

Then I picked up my little gem, Hymns and Songs for Church Schools (Augsburg), that I bought used. Inside the front cover the bookplate reads, "Heidi Steeg -- Perfect Attendance One Year, Choir School May 1971."

I wish I could offer Heidi Steeg some coffee and lefse.

I sang it on the spot, right where I stood, and I'm going to sing it again right now.

Thank you, Ryan.

2/06/2006 05:50:00 PM  

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Saturday, February 04, 2006

Ah, holy Jesus

I will be singing this hymn written by Johann Heerman (a reknowned German poet of the 17th century) and translated by Robert Bridges to Johann Cruger's tune HERZLIEBSTER JESU for the evening service this Lord's Day. This hymn, including this tune, was used by J. S. Bach in his St. Matthew's Passion, and was loosely based on a Latin hymn attributed to Augustine and Anselm.

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 heeded,
God interceded.

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.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Scott Aniol said...

This is a wonderful hymn. My brass group played this in our service not too long ago.

2/05/2006 08:02:00 AM  
Blogger Ryan Martin said...

I like it a great deal.

2/05/2006 09:31:00 PM  
Blogger Todd Mitchell said...

Ryan, I found it! I was surprised not to find it in my old Lutheran hymnal, and almost despaired after searching other hymnals fruitlessly here at my house.

Then I picked up my little gem, Hymns and Songs for Church Schools (Augsburg), that I bought used. Inside the front cover the bookplate reads, "Heidi Steeg -- Perfect Attendance One Year, Choir School May 1971."

I wish I could offer Heidi Steeg some coffee and lefse.

I sang it on the spot, right where I stood, and I'm going to sing it again right now.

Thank you, Ryan.

2/06/2006 05:50:00 PM  

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