Scripture Verse

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


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 & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


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!