Posted by: chuckbumgardner | June 10, 2010

Ah, Holy Jesus

My friend Ryan Martin and I had the joy of singing “Ah, Holy Jesus” together at his church this past Sunday.  I had not heard the song before Ryan introduced it to me a few years back.  The wedding of this text and the tune Herzliebster Jesu is outstanding.  A text worth singing, worth memorizing, worth living.

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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Responses

  1. That is a beautiful song. You might also like this one, which is similar: http://www.firstbaptistgranitefalls.org/music/ODearestJesus.pdf


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