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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- The Potter's Field
- PENGENE SOM JUDAS SLENGTE* 
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- 1 Judas, now remorseful, told them
- Of his sinful dread mistake
- Of the price for which he sold Him
- Full return he now did make.
- Shameful hypocrites are they
- For God's Son a price to pay
- Such blood-money they will never
- Use for any church endeavour.
- 2 Without fear to Judas making
- Payment for betrayal done
- Wrath upon them they are taking
- By the blood of God's own Son.
- God's own treasury they faint
- With blood-money e'er to taint;
- Never yet are they refraining
- From themselves with God's blood staining.
- 3 Then their wicked council pleases
- Thus to buy the potter's field
- With the money paid for Jesus,
- And agreement thus was sealed,
- So that strangers too may have
- Place to rest in lowly grave;
- They may have no place in heaven
- Yet on earth they rest are given.
- 4 O my Jesus, teach me ever
- With my heart these depths to sound:
- Though all heaven can hold Thee never,
- Nor the whole world's widest bound,
- With its jewels, gold, and worth,
- Yet a simple plot of earth
- O'er Thy flesh, O Jesus, setting
- Let me never be forgetting.
- 5 But may I be ever learning
- From the lowly potter's field
- That this frame which I am wearing
- And this body forth to yield
- Never shall my boasting be
- Earth's adornment over me
- Gold and pearls and all that flashes
- For I am but dust and ashes.
- 6 From earth's simple clay and ashes
- I, like Adam once, was made.
- As my Potter, Lord, Thou fashioned
- All my members that Thou gave.
- For Thy fingers fashioned me
- In all ways so wondrously
- So my earthly clay in story
- Speaks of Thy almighty glory.
- 7 Once a stranger, yet God bore me;
- Daily I remember well
- That my parents all before me
- Strangers were in Israel:
- But we now a part may share
- As God's child and blessed heir
- Grafted into Christ by favor
- And by Jesus' blood, dear Savior.
- 8 Every day we still are strangers,
- Pilgrims on our journey there;
- And we ever walk in dangers,
- Pilgrim's clothing we do wear.
- And when in the grave we're laid
- All our splendour soon doth fade
- Thanks, O Jesus, for Thy keeping
- By Thy blood our restful sleeping.
- 9 Now with joy my heart is waking
- While I in this body dwell
- With each step that I am taking
- That I yet may stand so well
- In the refuge of my Lord
- Fully as His child restored
- Safely in His love supernal
- I shall rest till life eternal
- 10 Jesus, grant that by Thy passion
- As I wander through this land
- I may walk with greatest caution
- Thinking always on my end.
- Grant me e'er a steadfast faith
- When at last I face my death
- And on Judgement Day restore me
- Into Thy eternal glory.
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