O Sacred Head once wounded 


O Sacred Head once wounded.

With grief and pain laid down,

How scornfully surrounded

With thorns, thine only crown


How pale art thou with anguish

With sore abuse and scorn

How does that visage languish

Which once was bright as morn.


O Lord of life and glory,

What bliss till now was Thine.

I read the wondrous story,

I joy to call Thee mine.

Thy grief and thy compassion

Were all for sinners’ gain,

Mine, mine was the transgression,

But thine the deadly pain.


What language shall I borrow,

To praise Thee, heavenly Friend,

For this Thy dying sorrow,

Thy pity without end.

Lord, make me Thine for ever.

Nor let me faithless prove,

O let me never, never

Abuse such dying love.


Be near me, Lord, when dying,

O show Thyself to me

And for my succour flying,

Come, Lord to set me free:

These eyes, new faith receiving,

From Jesus shall not move,

For he who dies believing

Dies safely through Thy love.