Ah, holy Jesus, how hast thou offended


Ah, holy Jesus, how hast thou offended,
that man to judge thee hath in hate pretended?
By foes derided, by thine own rejected,
O most afflicted.

Who was the guilty? Who brought this upon thee?
Alas, my treason, Jesus, hath undone thee.
'Twas I, Lord Jesus, I it was denied thee:
I crucified thee.

Lo, the Good Shepherd for the sheep is offered;
the slave hath sinned, and the Son hath suffered;
for our atonement, while we nothing heedeth,
God intercedeth.

For me, kind Jesus, was thy incarnation,
thy mortal sorrow, and thy life's oblation;
thy death of anguish and thy bitter passion,
for my salvation.

Therefore, kind Jesus, since I cannot pay thee,
I do adore thee, and will ever pray thee,
think on thy pity and thy love unswerving,
not my deserving.


Words: Johann Heermann (1585-1647);
trans. Robert Seymour Bridges (1844-1930)

MIDI: Herzliebster Jesu (later form of melody by Johann Crüger, 1598-1662, arranged by Johann Sebastian Bach, 1685-1750)

Meter: 11 11 11 5

Hymnal, Year Number Tunes Other comments
Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1861-1874      
The Anglican Hymn Book, 1868       
The Sarum Hymnal, 1869      
The Church Hymnal, 1871 (Hall & Whiteley)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Goodrich & Gilbert)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Tucker & Rousseau)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Hutchins)      
Church Hymns with Tunes, 1874      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1874      
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Standard, 1875-1924      
A Church of England Hymn Book, 1879      
The Universal Hymn Book, 1885      
The Hymnal Companion, 1890      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Darlington)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Parker)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Hutchins)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Tucker & Rousseau)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Helfenstein)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Messiter)      
The Yattendon Hymnal, 1900
042 Herzliebster Jesu  
Church Hymns, New Edition, 1903      
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Edition, 1904      
The English Hymnal, 1906 070 Herzliebster Jesu  
The Book of Common Praise, 1908      
The Hymnal 1916 155 Herzliebster Jesu, Ecce jam noctis  
Church Hymnal for the Christian Year, 1917      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1919      
Church Hymnal Revised, 1920
(Hutchins)
098 Herzliebster Jesu  
The Oxford Hymn Book, 1925 086 Herzliebster Jesu  
Songs of Praise, 1925 061 Herzliebster Jesu  
Songs of Praise, Enlarged Edition, 1931 099 Herzliebster Jesu  
The Book of Common Praise, 1938 108 Herzliebster Jesu  
The Hymnal 1940 071 Herzliebster Jesu  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Revised, 1950      
The Mirfield Mission Hymn Book, 1955      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1960 680 Herzliebster Jesu  
Anglican Hymn Book, 1965 151 Herzliebster Jesu  
The Hymn Book 1971 443 Herzliebster Jesu  
The Australian Hymn Book / With One Voice, 1977 254 Herzliebster Jesu  
The Hymnal 1982 158 Herzliebster Jesu  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard, 1983      
The New English Hymnal, 1985 062 Herzliebster Jesu  
Hymns for Today's Church, second edition, 1988 123 Herzliebster Jesu Text modernized
Church Family Worship, 1988      
Hymns Old & New, New Anglican Edition, 1996 008 Herzliebster Jesu  
Common Praise (The Anglican Church of Canada), 1998 196 Herzliebster Jesu  
Together in Song: The Australian Hymn Book II, 1999      
Sing Glory, 1999 378 Herzliebster Jesu  
Complete Mission Praise, 2000      
Common Praise: Hymns Ancient & Modern, 2000 100 Herzliebster Jesu  
Hymns Old & New, Complete Anglican Edition, 2000 005 Herzliebster Jesu  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 2000 215 Herzliebster Jesu  

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