which can be used in the congregations during Lent

at the weekly service and on Days of Prayer

according to the custom of each place

[by Thomas Kingo]

[from the Gradual of 1699]

[Translation © Mark DeGarmeaux unless noted]

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Jesus is Sent to Herod
tune: previous tune
1 Unto Herod Jesus goeth
To the fox a Lamb they send
How the tyrant's hope now groweth
Not because he is His friend.
But because he waits to see
What a miracle might be
Now the moment he is seizing
To fulfil his selfish pleasing.
2 And the Jewish leaders follow ;
All against Him take their stand,
Crying loud with voices hollow,
Accusations all in hand.
What before they could not bring,
Now more boldly they do fling
Lies and tarnished speeches making,
If they can His soul be breaking.
3 With no sign will Jesus cheer him
And no answer will He make
As the deaf who has no hearing
As the mute who cannot speak,
Jesus silent will remain
But our God in heavenly reign
Shall His cause to light be bringing
And from harshest woes Him springing.
4 Jesus sees that truth is failing
Herod never takes it on,
So the earth must now be hailing
Martyred blood of blessed John
So for Jesus it appears
Justice will give way to spears,
Thus He keeps Himself from speaking
Justice with His Father seeking.
5 All the shame and cruel jeering
Scorn and ridicule and blood
Our poor Jesus must be bearing
All for our eternal good.
If now Herod mocks His name
And the soldiers bring Him shame
Thousand times and worse the laughter
Brought by rogues upon the Master.
6 For their wicked entertainment
They do all to bring Him scorn
With a royal purple raiment
They bedeck His wretched form.
Now so far from hope He goes
Wretched man in wicked throes,
Filled with shame of evil making,
Which must now God's heart be breaking.
7 Herod now with Pilate teaming
Former enemies are friends
They give more respect, esteeming,
Than they formerly intend
Mockery at Jesus hurled
As it goes in all the world
Jesus is the Mediator
E'en for wicked king and traitor.
8 When, O Jesus, I do ponder
All Thy suffering and Thy blood
In my heart I truly wonder
On Thy grace and every good
How therein is all my shame
And my evil by Thy name
Covered now before God's viewing,
Me eternal life imbuing.

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