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 FIFTH WEEK IN LENT
- Barabbas freed, the people want Christ crucified
- SEE NU ER PILATUS GANGEN* 
- tune: Freu dich sehr
- 1 See how Pilate now is seated
- On his judgement seat to view
- Jesus once again is greeted
- Now before His judge anew:
- Pilate now will make his claim
- That he finds no cause of blame,
- That this Man should not be dying;
- His accusers must be lying
- 2 But if only he can please them,
- He will have Him punished so
- If they once may cruelly treat Him
- Then he'd gladly let Him go.
- So it often goes on earth:
- One regards a person's worth
- And true justice soon doth waver,
- Greater sinners receive favour.
- 3 While now Pilate makes his query
- From his wife a message hears
- Asking that he yet be wary
- Nothing more to do a-fears
- With the righteous captive here
- Who Himself to God is dear
- When she dreamed before her waking
- Heav'n itself to her was speaking.
- 4 O ye stone-blind evil foe men
- Hardened in your heart and soul
- Listen to a heathen woman
- Who sees better than you all!
- When she sends her husband word
- Sent to her by God the Lord
- As she slept, she then was hearing
- God to her in dream appearing.
- 5 Poisoned all is every member
- In my Jesus' trial aye
- Though His innocence should glimmer
- Clearer than the light of day!
- Nothing, nothing comes to aid,
- Justice is by might betrayed
- God must silently now bear this
- In the bonds of harsh injustice.
- 6 Pilate still would clear the pathway
- And a chance he yet will take
- With his paschal custom alway
- That he Jesus free can make.
- Now Barabbas he will name
- Held for murder and great shame,
- Rightly he should now be dying
- And our Jesus free be flying.
- 7 Every tongue to this is kindled
- With infernal envious glow
- Every Jewish youth enkindled
- Filled with poison set to flow,
- Crying: With this Man away!
- Crucify Him straightaway!
- Rid us of Him who ne'er pleases
- And Barabbas soon release us!
- 8 Blessed Jesus, Thou art counted
- Now among the murdering stock
- With such thieves as this accounted
- To the Jews a stumbling block
- Never thinking that Thou broke
- For them Egypt's harshest yoke
- With the lamb's blood them to cover
- From death's angel passing over.
- 9 Now will no one e'er be knowing?
- Jesus' sore affliction, see!
- Shall a murd'rer free be going
- Robber, full of thievery,
- Who is guilty, full of shame
- While God's pure and spotless Lamb
- Who in sin was never living,
- On the cross His life is giving?
- 10 O what wondrous mournful sentence!
- O God's deepest hidden plan!
- How my soul can never bear this
- But must bathe in tears and shame,
- When I think on Jesus' pain,
- Innocent for my good gain,
- Nothing for Himself declaring,
- While the robber they are sparing.
- 11 Daily from this I am finding
- Heaven's comfort, passing thought,
- Which my woeful heart is binding
- From my sins and evil thought!
- If I am with sin the first
- Of all sinners yet the worst
- Yet I see my sins all lying
- On my Jesus in His dying.
- 12 Therefore never shall my sinning
- With God's judgement me condemn
- Jesus now for me is winning
- Grace and mercy without end.
- Therefore grace I shall receive
- And from judgement full reprieve;
- Thou didst suffer condemnation,
- Innocent for my salvation.
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