HYMNS ON THE PASSION
which can be used in the congregations during Lent
at the weekly service and on Days of Prayer
according to the custom of each place
[by Thomas Kingo]
[from the Gradual of 1699]
[Translation © Mark
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- THE FIRST WEEK IN LENT
- Jesus' Hymn of Praise
- HØRER TIL I HØYE HIMLE 
- tune: Freu dich sehr
- 1 O ye highest heavens, listen,
- Hear the angels' anthem swell!
- People without number, listen,
- All who on the earth do dwell!
- Listen, all who now can hear;
- Every heart and mind, draw near;
- All with breath and life, draw near Him,
- Now prepare yourselves to hear Him.
- 2 Jesus, O our Jesus, singeth!
- More than angels' joyous mirth!
- Every angel voice now ceaseth!
- Jesus' voice must now be heard!
- Heaven joins in harmony
- With the blessed melody;
- Jesus' voice and heart are crying,
- Ere He faces death and sighing.
- 3 God's Apostles 'round Him standing!
- What joy in their hearts is found!
- With the light of understanding,
- When the hymn from Jesus sounds
- Hallelujah, strong and free:
- Praising God for liberty
- From Egyptian yoke and sadness
- And for Canaan's joy and gladness.
- 4 But, O sweetest Bard of heaven,
- Well hast Thou raised up Thy song,
- For all earthly captives giving
- Thanks to God for comfort strong:
- That they now God's kingdom see,
- Enter as His children free,
- By Thy capture, death, and sorrow
- And Thy blood shed on the morrow.
- 5 Sweetest heavenly tunes are playing
- Still upon Thy tongue so dear!
- Thou who for earth's sins art paying
- Singest yet while death is near.
- Adam, once from Eden banned,
- Fled before God's angry hand,
- Thou again with hymns hast broken
- Satan's rule and pardon spoken.
- 6 When Thy hymn is just beginning
- And Thy soul for joy doth speak,
- Sweetest Jesus, Thou art winning
- Solace for my faith so weak,
- That when I at last shall see
- My own death and misery,
- I shall, calmly to Thee clinging,
- Banish fears of death with singing.
- 7 My weak heart, join in with gladness;
- Join with tongue and soul and mind,
- While I sing of Thy deep sadness-
- Tune me with Thine own dear hand,
- That Thy death may ever be
- What my soul hums joyfully
- That when death for me is calling,
- Thy sweet death I am recalling.
- 8 Sing, my soul, and let them hear thee!
- Ne'er forget those pious tears!
- Jesus' spirit yet shall cheer thee,
- Though the song tell Adam's fears!
- Sing still more of Jesus' pain
- Of His cross, His bloody stain,
- Sing and trust, and e'er remember,
- Singing, thou shalt heaven enter.
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