A moving reflection on Jesus' passion and death. Much of the work's strength derives from its understated, folk-like simplicity. The final stanza includes a descant for sopranos, singing Kyrie eleison-Lord, have mercy.
Deep were his wounds, and red, on cruel Calvary,
as on the cross he bled in bitter agony.
But they whom sin has wounded sore find healing in the wounds he bore.
He suffered shame and scorn and wretched, dire disgrace;
forsaken and forlorn, he hung there in our place.
But all who would from sin be free look to his cross for victory.
His life, his all he gave when he was crucified;
our burdened souls to save, what fearful death he died!
But each of us, though dead in sin, through Christ's eternal life may win.
© 1958 Service Book and Hymnal. Used by permission of Augsburg Fortress.