They clothed Him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, and put it about His head.@Mark 15:17
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Christ at the Column
Antonello da Messina (1430–1479)

Attributed to Bernard of Clairvaux, 1153 (Salve caput cruentatum). Translated from Latin to English by Henry W. Baker in Hymns Ancient and Modern, 1861.

Passion Chorale Hans L. Hassler, Lustgarten neuer teutscher Gesäng, 1601; harmony by Johann S. Bach, 1729 (🔊 pdf nwc). Hassler originally set this tune to the secular words Mein Gmüt ist mir verwirret, das mächt ein Jungfrau zart.

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Bernard of Clairvaux (1090–1153)

O sacred head, surrounded
By crown of piercing thorn!
O bleeding head, so wounded,
So shamed and put to scorn!
Death’s pallid hue comes o’er Thee,
The glow of life decays;
Yet angel hosts adore Thee,
And tremble as they gaze.

I see Thy strength and vigor
All fading in the strife,
And death with cruel rigor
Bereaving Thee of life;
O agony and dying!
O love to sinners free!
Jesu, all grace supplying,
O turn Thy face on me.

In this Thy bitter passion,
Good Shepherd, think of me
With Thy most sweet compassion,
Unworthy though I be:
Beneath Thy cross abiding
For ever would I rest,
In Thy dear love confiding,
And with Thy presence blest.