Scripture Verse

A man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief. Isaiah 53:3

Introduction

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Frederic H. Hedge
(1805–1890)

Words: Fred­er­ic H. Hedge, Hymns for the Church (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Cros­by, Ni­chols & Com­pa­ny, 1853). These words come from a long­er hymn, ’Twas the Day When God’s Anoint­ed.

Music: Chris­ti Mut­ter Gross Ca­tol­isch Ge­sang­buch, by Da­vid Ge­org Cor­ner (Nur­em­berg, Ger­ma­ny: first ed­i­tion, 1625) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Man of Sorrows with Hands Bound
Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528)

Lyrics

It is finished! Man of sorrows!
From Thy cross our frailty borrows
Strength to bear and conquer thus.

While extended there, we view Thee:
Mighty Sufferer, draw us to Thee,
Sufferer victorious!

Not in vain for us uplifted:
Man of Sorrows, wonder gifted
May that sacred emblem be.

Lifted high amid the ages:
Guide of heroes, saints, and sages,
May it guide us still to Thee.

Still to Thee, whose love unbounded
Sorrow’s depth’s for us has sounded,
Perfected by conflicts sore.

Honored be Thy cross forever:
Star, that points our high endeavor,
Whither Thou hast gone before!