Jesus, I Will Ponder Now
--Sigismund von Birken
Jesus, I will ponder now on your holy Passion; with your Spirit me endow for such meditation. Grant that I in love and faith may the image cherish of your suffering, pain, and death that I may not perish.
Make me see your great distress, anguish, and affliction, bonds and stripes and wretchedness and your crucifixion; make me see how scourge and rod, pear and nails did wound you, how you died for those, O God, who with thorns had crowned you.
Yet, O Lord, not thus alone make me see your Passion; but its cause to me make known and its termination. For I also and my sin brought your deep affliction; this the shameful cause has been of your crucifixion.
If my sins give me alarm and my conscience grieve me, let your cross my fear disarm, peace and pardon give me. Grant that I may trust in you and your holy Passion; if his Son forgives anew, God must have compassion.
Jesus, Lord, my heart renew, let me bear my crosses, learning humbleness from you, peace despite my losses. May I give you love for love! Hear me, O my Savior, that I may in heaven above sing your praise forever.
Tune: Jesu Kreuz, Leiden Und Pein (Melchior Vulpius)
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