Glory be to Jesus

This is a hymn about Jesus' crucifixion, which is particularly suitable in Lent.  It is based on "Viva! viva! Gesù," an 18th century Italian hymn by S Alfonso.

It was translated by English Anglican priest, scholar and hymnwriter, and later Roman Catholic convert-priest Edward Caswall (1814-1878). 

With meter, tunes it has been set to include:
  • WEM IN LEIDENSTAGEN - also known as BEMERTON and in early publications CASWALL - by Friedrich Filitz (1804-1876).  This appears to be the most commonly used tune.
  • An unnamed tune by Justin Henkel, C.PP.S. (1916) - used mainly by members of religious congregations dedicated to the Precious Blood.
  • CROSSHAVEN by Oliver Hayes
  • An unnamed tune by Nicola Montani in the St Gregory Hymnal (1920).


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Massed choir with organ, recorded for a TV programme:

Lead singer and chorus with band - contemporary arrangement:

Close-harmony quartet, unaccompanied:

Singer with classical guitar - professional recording:

Choir with organ, professional recording:

Instrumental - organ:


Glory be to Jesus,
Who in bitter pains
Poured for me the lifeblood
From His sacred veins!

Grace and life eternal
In that blood I find;
Blest be His compassion,
Infinitely kind!

Blest through endless ages
Be the precious stream
Which from endless torments
Doth the world redeem!

There the fainting spirit
Drinks of life her fill;
There as in a fountain
Laves herself at will.

Abel’s blood for vengeance
Pleaded to the skies;
But the blood of Jesus
For our pardon cries.

Oft as it is sprinkled
On our guilty hearts,
Satan in confusion
Terror-struck, departs.

Oft as earth exulting
Wafts its praise on high,
Angel hosts rejoicing,
Make their glad reply.

ABC Notation:

T:Glory be to Jesus
C: Friedrich Filitz (1804-1876).
AA GG | F2 E2 | FF GG | A4 |
cc BB | A2 G2 | AA GG | F4 |]

Ref:  What is ABC

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