1 Ah, holy Jesus, how have you offended
that man to judge you has in hate pretended?
by foes derided, by your own rejected,
O most afflicted!

2 Who was the guilty? Who brought this upon you?
It is my treason, Lord, that has undone you;
and I, O Jesus, it was I denied you,
I crucified you.

3 See how the shepherd for the sheep is offered,
the slave has sinned and yet the Son has suffered;
for our atonement hangs the Saviour bleeding,
God interceding.

4 For me, kind Jesus, was your incarnation,
your dying sorrow and your life's oblation,
your bitter passion and your desolation,
for my salvation.

5 O mighty Saviour, I cannot repay you.
I do adore you and will here obey you.
Recall your mercy and your love unswerving,
not my deserving.

Quid commisti, dulcissime puer, ut sic judicareris Anselm of Canterbury (1033 - 1109) adapted Jean de F (c. 1000 - 1079) from which the German Herzliebster Jesu was written by Johann Heerman (1585 - 1647) translated Robert Bridges (1844 - 1930)
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