Ah, Holy Jesus


1) Contemporary version by Sufjan Stevens:

2) Piano only version, played by Eric Wyse:

3) Organ only version, played by William Neil:

Ah, holy Jesus, how hast thou offended,
that man to judge thee hath in hate pretended?
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, I it was denied thee:
I crucified thee.

Lo, the Good Shepherd for the sheep is offered;
the slave hath sinned, and the Son hath suffered;
for our atonement, while we nothing heedeth,
God intercedeth.

For me, kind Jesus, was thy 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.

Words: Johann Heermann (1585-1647); trans. Robert Seymour Bridges (1844-1930)
Music: Herzliebster Jesu (later form of melody by Johann Crüger, 1598-1662, arranged by Johann Sebastian Bach, 1685-1750)

— 1) From the album Silver & Gold by Sufjan Stevens.

— 2) From the album Reflections Volume 2 – 60 More Songs of Devotions by Eric Wyse.

— 3) From the album He is Risen! – Favorite Hymns of the Easter Season by William Neil.


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