Grateful Thoughts on a Sabbath Day

 

Portrait of Christ by Rembrandt

 

Lyrics by Karen Lynn Davidson, set to music composed by Hans Leo Hassler and adapted by J. S. Bach:

 

  1. O Savior, thou who wearest
    A crown of piercing thorn,
    The pain thou meekly bearest,
    Weigh’d down by grief and scorn.
    The soldiers mock and flail thee;
    For drink they give thee gall;
    Upon the cross they nail thee
    To die, O King of all.
  2. No creature is so lowly,
    No sinner so depraved,
    But feels thy presence holy
    And thru thy love is saved.
    Tho craven friends betray thee,
    They feel thy love’s embrace;
    The very foes who slay thee
    Have access to thy grace.
  3. Thy sacrifice transcended
    The mortal law’s demand;
    Thy mercy is extended
    To ev’ry time and land.
    No more can Satan harm us,
    Tho long the fight may be,
    Nor fear of death alarm us;
    We live, O Lord, thru thee.
  4. What praises can we offer
    To thank thee, Lord most high?
    In our place thou didst suffer;
    In our place thou didst die,
    By heaven’s plan appointed,
    To ransom us, our King.
    O Jesus, the anointed,
    To thee our love we bring!
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