March 31, 2010

O Sacred Head Now Wounded


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 'til now was Thine;
Yet though despised and gory,
I joy to call Thee mine!

What Thou, my Lord, hast suffered
Was all for sinners' gain;
'Twas mine the dread transgression,
But Thine the deadly pain.
Lo, here I fall, my Saviour,
'Tis I deserve Thy place;
Oh, look on me with favour;
Vouchsafe to me Thy grace.


Be near when I am dying,
Oh, show Thy cross to me;
And for my succor flying,
Come, Lord, to set me free:
These eyes new faith receiving.
From Thee shall not remove,
For he who dies believing
Dies safely through Thy love.

What language shall I borrow
To thank Thee, dearest Friend,
For this Thy dying sorrow,
Thy pity without end?
Oh, make me Thine forever;
And should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never
Outlive my love to Thee.

Attributed to ~
Bernard of Clairvaux (1091-1153)

English Translation by ~
James W. Alexander (1804-1859)

6 comments:

Sharon said...

Dear Camille,

This hymn has been on my heart and mind for the past few days! Praise God for His indescribable Gift. Thanks for sharing and making me smile :)

Love,
Sharon

Joyfulmomofmany said...

Camille, one of my very favorite Easter hymns. Such pretty pictures you chose as well! Hope you are having a blessed week, preparing for Resurrection Sunday!

~susan

TRUTH SHARER said...

Oh how I love the old hymns - these writers spoke from the depths of the soul - who knew Jesus from the depths of their heart.

I have to tell you again Camille - that I play your playlist of music all day now and the Lord has used it to speak into my soul and my heart. I play it in the background when I enter the inside Prayer Room here at Shepherd's Walk each morning. God even used 'The Gift' on my birthday today! He speaks to me in the music He has chosen through you.

Thank you for hearing His voice in the choosing of these melodies.

May His favor be upon you this day.

Choosing JOY, Stephanie
JESUS ONLY in 2010

Camille said...

Sharon ~ Interesting that we've been thinking of the same hymn! We must be "kindred spirits"...may the Lord bless you with a lovely Easter remembering what HE did for us! :)

Susan ~ Thanks for your sweet encouragement...the pics are of our flowering cherry tree at dusk...I *love* how the sky is such a deep blue! May the LORD bless you this Easter as well my friend! :)

Stephanie ~ I *love* the old hymns too...such rich truths are found within! I am so glad you are enjoying the music and thanks for letting me know how it has blessed you. Have a beautiful Easter! :)

Blessings,
Camille

Heather said...

This is such an old favourite of mine. Thanks for the reminder. Now I will be humming all night long :)

Camille said...

Heather ~ I've been humming it lately...so glad you enjoy it too! :)

Love,
Camille