O Sacred Head Now Wounded

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O sacred Head, now wounded,
with grief and shame weighed down,
now scornfully surrounded
with thorns, thine only crown:
how pale thou art with anguish,
with sore abuse and scorn!
How does that visage languish
which once was bright as morn!

What thou, my Lord, has suffered
was all for sinners' gain;
mine, mine was the transgression,
but thine the deadly pain.
Lo, here I fall, my Savior!
'Tis I deserve thy place;
look on me with thy favor,
vouchsafe to me thy grace.

What language shall I borrow
to thank thee, dearest friend,
for this thy dying sorrow,
thy pity without end?
O make me thine forever;
and should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never
outlive my love for thee.

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from Hymns and Lamentations, released July 21, 2015
Text: Attributed to Bernard of Clairvaux; translated by James W. Alexander (1830).
Tune: "Passion Chorale", Hans Leo Hassler
Arrangement: Eric Pazdziora, © 2015.

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Eric Pazdziora Silver Spring, Maryland

Eric Pazdziora is a composer, pianist, writer, and worship leader, with works published and performed in a wide variety of venues. He holds an M.M. in music composition from the University of North Carolina—Greensboro, and a B.Mus. in sacred music composition from Moody Bible Institute. Eric's music and writing can be found at www.ericpazdziora.com. ... more

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