Man of Sorrows Wrapt in Grief

This is a hymn of repentance, which is suitable for Lent and in particular Good Friday.

It was written by English Anglican, and later Roman Catholic convert, poet Matthew Bridges (1800-1894).

With meter 77 77 D, tunes it is set to include:
  • ABERYSTWYTH (Parry) by Welch composer Joseph Parry (1841-1903) - the most commonly used tune, by some accounts
  • ARFON - a traditional melody from Wales and/or France
  • An unnamed tune "from a Slovak hymnal" arranged by Nocola Montani
  • TICHFIELD (Richardson) by John Richardson (1853)
  • ST GEORGE’S WINDSOR by George J Elvey (1816-1893)
  • KINGSWOOD by Geoffrey Laycock

Books it has been published in include:
  • The St. Gregory Hymnal and Catholic Choir Book. Singers' ed., Melody ed. (1920)
  • Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New
  • Complete Mission Praise
  • New Catholic Hymnal, Faber 1971 
and these appear to be the best sources of sheet music for the hynn today.



Instrumental version of ABBERYSTWYTH - organ:

Instrumental version of ABBERYSTWYTH - brass band:


Man of sorrows, wrapt in grief,
Bow Thine ear to our relief;
Thou for us the path hast trod
Of the dreadful wrath of God;
Thou the cup of fire hast drained
Till its light alone remained.
Lamb of Love! We look to Thee;
Hear our mournful litany.

By the garden, fraught with woe,
Whither Thou full oft wouldst go;
By Thine agony of prayer
In the desolation there;
By the dire and deep distress
Of that myst'ry fathomless;
Lord, our tears in mercy see;
Hearken to our litany.

By the chalice brimming o'er
With disgrace and torment sore;
By those lips which fain would pray
That it might but pass away;
By the Heart which drank it dry,
Lest a rebel race should die
Be Thy pity, Lord our plea;
Hear our solemn litany.

Man of Sorrows Let Thy grief
Purchase for us our relief;
Lord of Mercy! Bow Thine ear,
Slow to anger, swift to hear;
By the Cross's royal road
Lead us to the throne of God,
There for aye to sing to Thee
Heav'n's triumphant litany.

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