Friday, April 18, 2014

Good Friday: "O Come and mourn"

Hymns.
III. Jesus Crucified (“O come and mourn”)
By Frederick William Faber (1814–1863)


O Come and mourn with me awhile,
  See, Mary calls us to her side;
O come and let us mourn with her:
  Jesus, our Love, is crucified!

Have we no tears to shed for Him,
  While soldiers scoff and Jews deride?
Ah! look how patiently He hangs:
  Jesus, our Love, is crucified!

How fast His hands and feet are nailed;
  His bless├Ęd tongue with thirst is tied;
His failing eyes are blind with blood:
  Jesus, our Love, is crucified!

His Mother cannot reach His face;
  She stands in helplessness beside;
Her heart is martyred with her Son’s:
  Jesus, our Love, is crucified!

Seven times He spoke, seven words of love,
  And all three hours His silence cried
For mercy on the souls of men:
  Jesus, our Love, is crucified!

What was Thy crime, my dearest Lord?
  By earth, by heaven, Thou hast been tried,
And guilty found of too much love:
  Jesus, our Love, is crucified!

Found guilty of excess of love,
  It was Thine own sweet will that tied
The tighter far than helpless nails:
  Jesus, our Love, is crucified!

Death came, and Jesus meekly bowed;
  His falling eyes He strove to guide
With mindful love to Mary’s face:
  Jesus, our Love, is crucified!

O break, O break, hard heart of mine!
  Thy weak self-love and guilty pride
His Pilate and his Judas were:
  Jesus, our Love, is crucified!

Come, take thy stand beneath the cross
  And let the blood from out that side
Fall gently on thee drop by drop:
  Jesus, our Love, is crucified!

A broken heart, a fount of tears,
  Ask, and they will not be denied;
A broken heart love’s cradle is:
  Jesus, our Love, is crucified!

O Love of God! O sin of Man!
  In this dread act your strength is tried:
And victory remains with love,
  For He, our Love, is crucified!

1 comment:

  1. Great hymn. Unfortunately I failed to find a YouTube video of the music for it.
    TMR and others may appreciate this quote from a Facebook contact. "Today people of my faith recognize what Tolkien calls in "Tree and Leaf" the Eucatastrophe, the moment in the faerie story of human history when what is hopeless is retrieved. What a strange admixture of grief and elation.”

    Now, some beautiful Good Friday music from Handel's Messiah.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CP4JSVMBdZg

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