Scripture Verse

[He] made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men. Philippians 2:7

Introduction

portrait
Georg Neumark
1621–1681

Words: James Ed­mes­ton, Fif­ty Orig­in­al Hymns (North­amp­ton, Eng­land: 1833), num­ber 4.

Music: Bre­men (Neu­mark) Ge­org Neu­mark, 1641 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Ed­mes­ton (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

illustration
Temptation of Christ
Lyra Germanica, 1862

Lyrics

As oft, with worn and wea­ry feet,
We tread earth’s rug­ged val­ley o’er,
The thought, how com­fort­ing and sweet:
Christ trod this ve­ry path be­fore!
Our wants and weak­ness­es He knows,
From life’s first dawn­ing to its close.

Does sick­ness, fee­ble­ness or pain
Or sor­row in our path ap­pear?
The re­col­lect­ion will re­main,
More deep­ly did He su­ffer here:
His life, how tru­ly sad and brief,
Filled up with suf­fer­ing and with grief.

If Sa­tan tempt our hearts to stray
And whis­per ev­il things with­in,
So did he, in the de­sert way,
Assail our Lord with thoughts of sin,
When worn and in a fee­ble hour
The tempt­er came with all his pow­er.

Just such as I, this earth He trod,
With ev­ery human ill but sin;
And though in­deed the ve­ry God,
As I am now so He has been.
My God, my Sav­ior, look on me,
With pi­ty, love and sym­pa­thy.