Scripture Verse

Dogs have compassed Me: The assembly of the wicked have enclosed Me: They pierced My hands and My feet. Psalm 22:16


Edward Caswall (1814–1878)
National Portrait Gallery


Words: From the Ro­man Bre­vi­ary, 1827 (Sae­vo do­lo­rum tur­bi­ne). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by Ed­ward Cas­wall, Ly­ra Ca­tho­li­ca, 1849.

Music: St. Bride Sam­uel How­ard, 1762 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

The Sorrowful Mother
James Tissot (1836–1902)


O’erwhelmed in depths of woe,
Upon the tree of scorn,
Hangs the Re­deem­er of mankind,
With racking anguish torn.

See how the nails those hands
And feet so tender rend;
See down His face, and neck, and breast
His sacred blood descend.

Oh, hear that last, loud cry
Which pierced His mother’s heart,
As into God the Fa­ther’s hands
He bade His soul depart.

Earth hears, and trembling quakes
Around that tree of pain;
The rocks are rent; the graves are burst;
The veil is rent in twain.

Shall man alone be mute?
Have we no griefs, or fears?
Come, old and young, come, all mankind,
And bathe those feet in tears.

Come, fall before His cross,
Who shed for us His blood,
Who died, the victim of pure love,
To make us sons of God.

Jesu, all praise to Thee,
Our joy and endless rest;
Be Thou our guide while pilgrims here,
Our crown amid the blest.