Ah, holy Jesus

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Ah, holy Jesus, how hast thou offended, 
that mortal judgment hath on thee descended? 
By foes derided, by thine own rejected, 
O most afflicted.

Who was the guilty? Who brought this upon thee? 
Alas, my treason, Jesus, hath undone thee. 
'Twas I, Lord Jesus, it was denied thee; 
I crucified thee. 

For me, kind Jesus, was thine incarnation, 
thy mortal sorrow, and thy life's oblation, 
thy death of anguish and thy bitter passion, 
for my salvation.

Therefore, kind Jesus, since I cannot pay thee, 
I do adore thee, and will ever pray thee 
think on thy pity and thy love unswerving, 
not my deserving.

#254 in Hymnal: A Worship Book

Words:  Johann Heermann, Herzliebster Jesu, Devoti Music Cordis, 1630;
                           tr. Robert Bridges, Yattendon Hymnal, 1899, alt.
   Tune:  Johann Crüger, Neues vollkömliches Gesangbuch, Vol. II, 1640

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