Scripture Verse

Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. Luke 23:34

Introduction

Words: Ar­thur T. Rus­sell, Psalms and Hymns (Cam­bridge, Eng­land: John Deigh­ton, 1851), num­ber 99.

Music: Da Je­sus an des Kreuz­es Ger­man tune, cir­ca 1400 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Rus­sell (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lyrics

Forgive, O Father! Jesus cries;
Lord, may Thy prayer for us arise;
Cleanse us from our transgression:
Our guilt Thou knowest―Thou alone;
Accept, Lord, our confession.

Grant us ere long in paradise
On Thee to rest our joyful eyes;
This hope Thy death procurèd:
We had those dying pains deserved
Which thy great love endurèd.

Lord, by the thought of all Thy pain,
Turn us from pleasures false and vain;
Our love to Thee awaken,
O Thou for us upon the cross
Awhile of God forsaken!

When Thou in death didst bow Thine head,
Thou crièdest, It is finishèd,
The work of our salvation:
Oh who can worthily praise Thee,
Our great Propitiation!