O My People (The Reproaches) - Lundy

This hymn is a simple setting of the traditional Good Friday text, The Reproaches (aka the Improperia), written by English teacher / writer / youth-worker Damian Lundy FSC.

The unnamed tune by Lundy has a time-signature of 2/2 and was in the key of C#m in the the original version with the first few notes being G B c c.

It is included in the 2009 edition of Catholic Hymns Old and New - purchasing this book is one way sheet-music for it.



Small choir with organ (this hymn starts just after 4:00)


The lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they are currently available on this website (page 4).

The song starts with a two-line chorus, and this is repeated after each of the five verses. A rough outline is:
O my people, what have I done to you?
How have I hurt you? Answer me.

1 I led you out of Egypt.
... You have prepared a cross for me.

2 I led you as a shepherd;
... You have ...

3 I fought for you in battles,
.. You have ...

4 I planted you, my vineyard,
... Only the cross you made for me.

5 Then listen to my pleading
... For you I suffer bitterly.

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O my people, what have I done to you?
How have I hurt you? Answer me.

1  I led you out of Egypt.
From slavery I set you free.
I brought you into a land of promise;
You have prepared a cross for me.

2  I led you as a shepherd;
I brought you safely through the sea;
Fed you manna in the desert;
You have prepared a cross for me.

3  I fought for you in battles,
I won you strength and victory;
Gave you a royal crown and sceptre;
You have prepared a cross for me.

4  I planted you, my vineyard,
And cared for you most tenderly;
Looked for abundant fruit and found none -
Only the cross you made for me.

5  Then listen to my pleading
And do not turn away from me.
You are my people: will you reject me?
For you I suffer bitterly.

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