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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- Jesus is Sent to Herod
- TIL HERODES JESUS FØRES* 
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- 1 Unto Herod Jesus goeth
- To the fox a Lamb they send
- How the tyrant's hope now groweth
- Not because he is His friend.
- But because he waits to see
- What a miracle might be
- Now the moment he is seizing
- To fulfil his selfish pleasing.
- 2 And the Jewish leaders follow ;
- All against Him take their stand,
- Crying loud with voices hollow,
- Accusations all in hand.
- What before they could not bring,
- Now more boldly they do fling
- Lies and tarnished speeches making,
- If they can His soul be breaking.
- 3 With no sign will Jesus cheer him
- And no answer will He make
- As the deaf who has no hearing
- As the mute who cannot speak,
- Jesus silent will remain
- But our God in heavenly reign
- Shall His cause to light be bringing
- And from harshest woes Him springing.
- 4 Jesus sees that truth is failing
- Herod never takes it on,
- So the earth must now be hailing
- Martyred blood of blessed John
- So for Jesus it appears
- Justice will give way to spears,
- Thus He keeps Himself from speaking
- Justice with His Father seeking.
- 5 All the shame and cruel jeering
- Scorn and ridicule and blood
- Our poor Jesus must be bearing
- All for our eternal good.
- If now Herod mocks His name
- And the soldiers bring Him shame
- Thousand times and worse the laughter
- Brought by rogues upon the Master.
- 6 For their wicked entertainment
- They do all to bring Him scorn
- With a royal purple raiment
- They bedeck His wretched form.
- Now so far from hope He goes
- Wretched man in wicked throes,
- Filled with shame of evil making,
- Which must now God's heart be breaking.
- 7 Herod now with Pilate teaming
- Former enemies are friends
- They give more respect, esteeming,
- Than they formerly intend
- Mockery at Jesus hurled
- As it goes in all the world
- Jesus is the Mediator
- E'en for wicked king and traitor.
- 8 When, O Jesus, I do ponder
- All Thy suffering and Thy blood
- In my heart I truly wonder
- On Thy grace and every good
- How therein is all my shame
- And my evil by Thy name
- Covered now before God's viewing,
- Me eternal life imbuing.
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