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O Sacred Head Surrounded

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In this thy bitter passion,
good Shepherd, think of me
with thy most sweet compassion,
unworthy though I be:
beneath thy cross abiding
for ever would I rest,
in thy dear love confiding,
and with thy presence blest.

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First Line:
O sacred head surrounded By crown of piercing thorn
Title:
O Sacred Head Surrounded
Latin Title:
Salve caput cruentatum
Author (attributed to):
Bernard of Clairvaux
Translator:
H. W. Baker
Meter:
7.6.7.6 D
Language:
English
Notes:
Although the Psalter Hymnal Handbook states that Sir H. W. Baker revised James Waddell Alexander's "O Sacred Head Now Wounded" which was an English translation of Gerhardt's "O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden" which was a German translation of "Salve caput cruentatum", it appears that "O Sacred Head Surrounded" is a translation from the Latin (See "A Historical Companion to Hymns Ancient and Modern," edited by Moorsom, 1889 in which Baker translated other texts from Latin)- Dianne Shapiro
Copyright:
Public Domain

Tune Information

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Title:
PASSION CHORALE (Hassler)
Composer:
Hans Leo Hassler (1601)
Meter:
7.6.7.6 D
Copyright:
Public Domain