O Come and Mourn [Awhile with Me | with Me Awhile]

This hymn about the crucifixion is often suggested for Holy Week / Good Friday.

It was written by English hymn-writer, theologian, Roman Catholic convert and priest, Fr Frederick William Faber (1814-1863).

It was first published by in Faber’s hymnal Jesus and Mary, in 1852, with all the verses listed below. Most later publications and currently uses include only a selection of the verses, perhaps 1, 3, 5, 11 and 12.    

As well, there are a number of variations of the words:
  • Some publications have the title and first line as "... Awhile with me" while others have "... with me Awhile" 
  • Some have the last line o each verse as "Jesus, our Love, is crucified!" and others have "Jesus, our Lord is crucified!" - and others mix the two.
  • Some have adapted the text to put less emphasis on aspects of Roman Catholic belief.

With meter 8.8.8.8, it is set to tune including:
  • ST. CROSS (Dykes) by John Bacchus Dykes (1861)
  • OLD HALL GREEN by John Crookall (1821-1887)
  • BABYLON by Thomas Campion, 1613
  • DAS LEIDEN DES HERRN, a traditional German tune.
  • An unnamed tune in the St. Basil Hymnal

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Examples

Massed choirs, with a brass ensemble:


Choir with organ, arrangement of ST CROSS:


Contemporary arrangement, lead singer with band:


Singer, unaccompanied, tune TBA


Instrumental - organ. Tune OLD HALL GREEN


Instrumental - piano, tune ST CROSS


Lyrics

1 O come and mourn with me awhile;
See Mary calls us to her side; OR "O come ye to the Saviour's side;"
O come, together let us mourn:
Jesus, our Love, is crucified!

2 Have we no tears to shed for Him,
While soldiers scoff and foes deride?
Ah! Look how patiently He hangs:
Jesus, our Lord, is crucified!

3. How fast His feet and hands are nailed;
His blessed tongue with thirst is tied;
His failing eyes are blind with blood.
Jesus, our Love, is crucified.

4 His Mother cannot reach his Face;
She stands in helplessness beside;
Her heart is martyred with her Son’s;
Jesus, our Love, is crucified!

5 Seven times He spake seven words of love;
And all three hours His silence cried
For mercy on the souls of men:
Jesus, our Lord, is crucified!

6 What was Thy crime, my dearest Lord?
By earth, by heaven, Thou hast been tried,
And guilty found of too much love;
Jesus, our Love, is crucified!

7 Found guilty of excess of love,
It was thine own sweet will that tied
Thee tighter far than helpless nails;
Jesus, our Love, is crucified!

8 Death came, and Jesus meekly bowed;
His falling eyes he strove to guide
With mindful love to Mary’s face;
Jesus, our Love, is crucified!

9 O break, O break, hard heart of mine:
Thy weak self-love and guilty pride
his Pilate and his Judas were:
Jesus, our Lord, is crucified!

10 Come, take thy stand beneath the Cross,
And let the Blood from out that Side
Fall gently on thee drop by drop;
Jesus, our Love, is crucified!

11 A broken heart, a fount of tears,
Ask, and they will not be denied;
A broken heart love's cradle is,
Jesus, our love is crucified.

12 O love of God! O sin of man!
In this dread act your strength is tried;
And victory remains with love:
Jesus, our Lord, is crucified!

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