O Sacred Head Now Wounded

This has got to be one of the omost beautiful hymns ever written. The only one I can think of that surpasses it melodically is “Jesus, Priceless Treasure.” I was recently looking up some of my favorite hymns online to print them off and write them out in a notebook along with Bible verses and favorite quotes, and found out that a lot of them have more verses than we know… and most of those verses we don’t know are just as deep and beautiful. These are my favorites from “O Sacred Head Now Wounded.”

O sacred Head, now wounded, with grief and shame weighed down,
Now scornfully surrounded with thorns, Thine only crown;
O sacred Head, what glory, what bliss till now was Thine!
Yet, though despised and gory, I joy to call Thee mine.

What Thou, my Lord, hast suffered, was all for sinners’ gain;
Mine, mine was the transgression, but Thine the deadly pain.
Lo, here I fall, my Savior! ’Tis I deserve Thy place;
Look on me with Thy favor, vouchsafe to me Thy grace.

Men mock and taunt and jeer Thee, Thou noble countenance,
Though mighty worlds shall fear Thee and flee before Thy glance.
How art thou pale with anguish, with sore abuse and scorn!
How doth Thy visage languish that once was bright as morn!

My burden in Thy Passion, Lord, Thou hast borne for me,
For it was my transgression which brought this woe on Thee.
I cast me down before Thee, wrath were my rightful lot;
Have mercy, I implore Thee; Redeemer, spurn me not!

What language shall I borrow to thank Thee, dearest friend,
For this Thy dying sorrow, Thy pity without end?
O make me Thine forever, and should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never outlive my love to Thee.

My Shepherd, now receive me; my Guardian, own me Thine.
Great blessings Thou didst give me, O source of gifts divine.
Thy lips have often fed me with words of truth and love;
Thy Spirit oft hath led me to heavenly joys above.

The joy can never be spoken, above all joys beside,
When in Thy body broken I thus with safety hide.
O Lord of Life, desiring Thy glory now to see,
Beside Thy cross expiring, I’d breathe my soul to Thee.

Be Thou my consolation, my shield when I must die;
Remind me of Thy passion when my last hour draws nigh.
Mine eyes shall then behold Thee, upon Thy cross shall dwell,
My heart by faith enfolds Thee. Who dieth thus dies well.




3 thoughts on “O Sacred Head Now Wounded

  1. James Dunn says:

    I’ll venture that you were looking at the Cyber Hymnal (hymntime.com)… am I right?
    I concur … the verses we usually never hear about are often just as deep and beautiful. One of my favorite hymns is come thou fount… it turns out there aren’t three verses, there are FIVE. We’ve eliminated one and two halves of them! (And then on top of that we changed the lyrics about “Ebenezer” because we were afraid people wouldn’t understand the reference — what a waste of a good teaching opportunity!) I heard a music pastor once say that these other verses were winnowed out over the years, leaving only the best verses (the grain). Perhaps sometimes this is true, and granted, sometimes there are A LOT of verses, but I think that what too often happens is that we’re too impatient and don’t want to sing them all. A pity. I think as God’s people, we often don’t sing long or often enough… we’re too eager for that part of the service to be over so we can get through the sermon and go home and eat lunch.


  2. kyleian says:

    James: I did use Cyberhymnal. I love that thing. And I love our family hymnals, though they don’t have all of the verses of hymns… and they take out the “Ebenezer” part of Come Thou Fount and about 3 of the commonly known verses of “O Come O Come Emmanuel.”
    And actually, I can’t remember singing Come Thou Fount and not knowing what Ebenezer meant.
    I think even more a pity than winnowing out verses is when people ditch hymns by the side of hte road because they’re too “old.” We sing some hymns at Church, but not many, and not with hymnals (which are a great asset to short people like me, plus singing the harmonies is always beautiful). It was so refreshing this summer to be at a music camp where we sing hymns daily and everyone can sing in 4-part harmony, where we play classical music, and have amazing fellowship.


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