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]
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- Peter's Fall
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- 1 There's no honour and no highness,
- No perfection can there be,
- Where the sun with light doth witness,-
- That can promise certainty,
- There's no office and no call
- Which can keep us from sin's fall
- There is nothing, oh so holy,
- Which can keep us from sin wholly.
- 2 No one dare in mind be saying
- That he never stumble can
- For the thoughts his heart are swaying,
- Disappointed, sinful man.
- All presumption must be banned
- Even if today he stand
- For tomorrow he may stumble
- All unhappy and made humble.
- 3 Greatest saint must also live in
- Adam's flesh and sin's array;
- Even highest gifts of heaven
- He must bear in mortal clay.
- Come and see how Peter fails
- Nought his faithful pledge avails
- All his promises negating
- Into smoke and vapor fading.
- 4 Jesus stands in great dishonor,
- Bound and beaten, spit upon,
- Shame and scandal, and no honor
- From the wicked powers anon!
- Peter soon forgets His need
- Fearing his own death indeed;
- Leaves the Prince of Life, his Savior,
- Promise broken, faith doth waver!
- 5 By the fire he stands and trembles,
- Trying just to keep him warm
- But God's lovingkindness crumbles
- In his heart and breast and arm.
- Questioned by the lowly maid
- If he knew the Man betrayed,
- Three times he denied to know Him
- Even with an oath disowned Him.
- 6 Soon the rooster crows, announcing
- Passing night and coming dawn.
- Peter still knows not his sinning
- On the path too far he's gone.
- Swearing, cursing, oaths he makes
- Jesus' friendship he forsakes
- Even as he doth disown him,
- Jesus casts His eyes upon him.
- 7 Are you now the rock, dear Peter,
- That God's Church is built upon?
- How then can you slip and teeter
- And in storm not better stand?
- No! The Rock is Jesus Christ
- And His Word of Paradise.
- He stands fast and unconfounded;
- On His Word God's Church is founded.
- 8 There's no sadness and no sorrow
- That can hinder Jesus' goal
- With Thine eyes a glance must borrow
- Of this wretched fallen soul.
- How Thy countenance did fall
- As Thou knew his heart-thoughts all.
- Oh, what guilt on him is sinking
- On Thy faithful Word he's thinking.
- 9 O my Jesus, when I ponder
- On the beam within my eye
- And my conscience too doth wonder
- On the thorns that in me lie!
- Then my heart doth speak to me
- That I thousand times have Thee
- Oft denied so sad and shameful
- More than Peter I am blameful.
- 10 Three times Thy dear friend denied Thee
- And his heart, betrayed Thee, Lord.
- Many times I've multiplied me
- Sins against Thy Law and Word
- Never can they numbered be
- More than stars and sands of sea;
- All my heart and sight and thinking
- Must in shame to earth be sinking.
- 11 All too well for sin I'm yearning
- Like a stubborn horse in stride;
- Oh, from sin I would be turning,
- But I'm bound in sinful pride.
- So, Lord, turn Thyself to me
- Grant me grace that I may be
- By Thy watchful eye e'er guarded
- With Thy light of grace rewarded.
- 12 Peter fell and was uplifted
- By the power of Thy grace
- O my Jesus, Thou hast lifted
- All the weight of my disgrace!
- Thou wilt ne'er abandon me
- E'er how great my sin may be
- Teach me such repentant weeping,
- Let Thy Spirit me be keeping.
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