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 SIXTH WEEK IN LENT
- Behold the Man!
- HVORDAN EN PILATUS HINCKED* 
- tune: Freu dich sehr
- 1 See how swiftly Pilate stumbles
- From the truth to bitterness
- Yet he tries with ways so humble
- For a little righteousness.
- For he leads our Jesus out
- Blood still streaming all about
- Crowned with thorns and badly beaten
- Yet to move the Jews to free Him.
- 2 Now behold the Man presented
- Here before your very eyes.
- See the Man your pride resented;
- See Him, wretched and despised!
- See His heart so full of woe
- From His head down to His toe,
- Hardly any flesh perceiving-
- Who cannot for Him be grieving?
- 3 See the earth where He doth stumble
- How it flows with His dear blood
- God's own Son, so weak and humble,
- Passing reason, right and good.
- Why is He a captive now?
- Why must He so lowly bow?
- Show me now and tell the story:
- Can this be the King of glory?
- 4 See if any worm can ever
- Be unhappy more than He!
- See if earth itself can ever
- Boast a wondrous Man as He!
- See if even hearts of stone
- Can ignore His plaintive moan!
- See if now His woeful wailing
- Does not bring your heart to failing!
- 5 See the thorns, how sore they break Him!
- See the blood from Him doth pour!
- See the tears His eyes are making!
- See Him beaten deep and sore!
- See how full of pain He stands,
- Beaten by their wretched hands!
- See Him full of pain to crumble!
- Pity this poor wretch so humble!
- 6 See His cheeks so pale are blending
- See His deepest heartfelt strife
- See Him to the ground, low-bending
- See Him struggle for His life,
- Holding on as best He can
- Though uncertain is His stand!
- I'd do all, if it would please Him,
- From death's snare I would release Him.
- 7 No one shows Him any pity
- No one here is Jesus' friend
- And the people shouted "Guilty"
- Calling now for Caesar's hand
- Shouting loud that Pilate must
- Sentence to their hands entrust
- Giving falsely for their reason:
- Blasphemy and highest treason.
- 8 Watch, my soul, beware their lying,
- If you any time may know.
- Look on Jesus' woeful sighing
- See His bitter pain and woe
- See how hard on Him they press
- There's no form or comeliness
- That we know now to receive Him
- While death's grip will not relieve Him.
- 9 All that I now see and witness
- Comes from my own bitter root
- And the sin-filled grapes that drip this
- Dreadful poison in His blood
- Drip upon my Jesus, lo,
- Cover Him from head to toe
- While His lifeblood He is bleeding
- Wrathful wine press He is treading.
- 10 Thee so full of woe I witness
- Full of earthly sin and shame
- Hammered by God's holy vengeance
- O Thou pure, unspotted Lamb.
- Pierced and beaten Thou dost bleed,
- Bearing every care and need,
- All the pains of hell Thou bearest
- Which my sinful heart did merit.
- 11 But, because for me Thou darest,
- Such a shameful curse to bear
- So, my God, in grace, Thou swearest
- I with joy shall see Thee there!
- Here I see Thy suffering sore
- There I'll praise Thee evermore
- By Thy Spirit's gracious guiding
- In eternal joy abiding.
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