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
DeGarmeaux unless noted]
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- After the Sermon
- On the Seven Words Jesus Spoke on the Cross
- GACK UNDER JESU KORS AT STAA* 
- tune: Jesu søde Hukommelse
- 1 Come under Jesus' cross to stand,
- O dearest soul, and now attend,
- Hear Jesus' final words so sweet,
- As He His final hour doth meet.
- 2 Upon the cross my Jesus lay
- Despite the dragon's devious way,
- The voice of grace resounded clear
- With life and comfort us to cheer.
- 3 First for His enemies He says:
- Father, forgive them in Thy grace
- They know not what they do today,
- So blind are they to sin's dark way.
- 4 O Jesus, also pray for me
- Thou seest how weak and frail I be
- In all my ways my whole life long
- But by Thy prayer I am made strong.
- 5 He looked upon His mother dear
- All filled with sorrow, pain, and fear,
- Pierced through, her very soul and life
- With murder's sword and killing knife.
- 6 He gave to her another son
- To soothe and comfort all her pain.
- John, take her as thine own for me;
- Henceforth thy mother now to be.
- 7 O Jesus, when I too am lost,
- Forsaken, burdened by a cross,
- Friendless, surrounded all by sin,
- Send faithful friends to take me in.
- 8 The thief repented of his sin
- And turned to Christ to take him in
- Christ broke for him death's cruel ties:
- Today you enter Paradise.
- 9 Let me then in my final hour
- Receive from Jesus comfort's power
- O daily let me mend my ways
- And make me heaven's child always.
- 10 How horrible the fourth sad word!
- Such grief hath heaven never heard:
- My God, My God, oh why hast Thou
- Forsaken Me, so needy now?
- 11 'Twas for my sin Thou suffered all,
- And God's fierce wrath on Thee did fall.
- That I forsaken ne'er shall be
- When death's dark shadow falls on me.
- 12 God's anger with its burning flame
- Consumed the vigor of His frame!
- "I thirst," he said, and then received
- The vinegar which sorely grieved.
- 13 With taste so bitter yet He saith:
- Now "It is finished" with His death
- All that the Scriptures testified
- Is now complete when He has died.
- 14 So willingly Thou takest in
- The sour and bitter taste of sin!
- From Adam's sin I drank in first,
- But Thou drank poison in Thy thirst.
- 15 Therefore I thirst deep in my heart
- That Thou to me wouldst yet impart
- Not bitter drink, but waters pure,
- Which flow from Thee forevermore.
- 16 His final words then Jesus spoke
- All filled with certainty and hope:
- "Father, into Thy precious hand
- My soul and spirit I commend."
- 17 These words the words my heart must find
- Impressed upon my soul and mind;
- These words may I repeat with mirth
- At last when I depart this earth.
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