O Sacred Head Surrounded

This Lenten / Good Friday hymn by Henry Williams Baker (1821-1877), and first published in 1861.  It was translated from work(s) by Bernard of Clairvaux (1091-1153) Paul Gerhardt (1607-1676) - and this version is similar to other translations like O Sacred Head Sore Wounded.

With meter 7.6.7.6 D it is almost always set to the tune PASSION CHORALE (HERZLICH TUT MICH VERLANGEN).   This was composed by Hans Leo Hassler (1564-1612) and first published in 1601 - although not used for religious purposes until 1613. The rhythms used for it today were adapted by Johann S. Bach (1685-1750).



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Lyrics

Traditional

O sacred head, surrounded
by crown of piercing thorn!
O bleeding head, so wounded,
reviled and put to scorn!
Our sins have marred the glory
of thy most holy face,
yet angel hosts adore thee
and tremble as they gaze

I see thy strength and vigour
all fading in the strife,
and death with cruel rigour,
bereaving thee of life;
O agony and dying!
O love to sinners free!
Jesus, all grace supplying,
O turn thy face on me.

In this thy bitter passion,
Good Shepherd, think of me
with thy most sweet compassion,
unworthy though I be:
beneath thy cross abiding
for ever would I rest,
in thy dear love confiding,
and with thy presence blest.

Modern English lyrics

O sacred head, surrounded
by crown of piercing thorn!
O bleeding head, so wounded,
reviled and put to scorn!
Our sins have marred the glory
of your most holy face,
yet angel hosts adore you
and tremble as they gaze

I see your strength and vigour
all fading in the strife,
and death with cruel rigour,
bereaving you of life;
O agony and dying!
O love to sinners free!
Jesus, all grace supplying,
O turn your face on me.

In this your bitter passion,
Good Shepherd, think of me
with thy most sweet compassion,
unworthy though I be:
beneath your cross abiding
for ever would I rest,
in your dear love confiding,
and with you presence blest.

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