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O Sacred Head, Now Wounded

The Baptist Hymnal No. 137
Text: Paul Gerhardt; based on Medieval Latin poem; tr. James W. Alexander
Music: Hans Leo Hassler; harm. by Johann Sebastian Bach
Tune: PASSION CHORALE Meter: 7.6.7.6.D


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1.	O sacred Head, now wounded, 
	With grief and shame weighed down, 
	Now scornfully surrounded 
	With thorns, Thine only crown; 
	How pale Thou art with anguish, 
	With sore abuse and scorn! 
	How does that visage languish 
	Which once was bright as morn! 

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 forever, 
	And should I fainting be, 
	Lord, let me never, never 
	Outlive my love for Thee. 

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