I will be singing this hymn written by Johann Heerman (a reknowned German poet of the 17th century) and translated by Robert Bridges to Johann Cruger’s tune HERZLIEBSTER JESU for the evening service this Lord’s Day. This hymn, including this tune, was used by J. S. Bach in his St. Matthew’s Passion, and was loosely based on a Latin hymn attributed to Augustine and Anselm.
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 man’s atonement, while he nothing heeded,
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.