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Hymns of My Youth: Hail, Thou Once Despised Jesus


He was despised and forsaken of men,
A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief;
And like one from whom men hide their face
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
Surely our griefs He Himself bore,
And our sorrows He carried;
Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten of God, and afflicted.
But He was pierced through for our transgressions,
He was crushed for our iniquities;
The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him,
And by His scourging we are healed.
All of us like sheep have gone astray,
Each of us has turned to his own way;
But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all
To fall on Him.

Isaiah 53:3–6

This hymn seems to be a rip-off of Wesley’s Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus. The Concordia tune is Lord Victorious, of which I have previously expressed my disdain. The tune below is Hyfrydol, which you will certainly recognize. The Concordia text differs somewhat from examples I have found at cyberhymnal.org and elsewhere, reflecting a particular vs. universal atonement. I can’t say which is correct according to the author, but this is surely the theologically correct version.

221 Hail, Thou Once Despised Jesus

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Hail, Thou once despisèd Jesus! Hail, Thou Galilean King!
Thou didst suffer to release us; Thou didst free salvation bring.
Hail, Thou agonizing Savior, Bearer of our sin and shame!
By Thy merits we find favor; Life is given through Thy Name.

Paschal Lamb, by God appointed, All our sins on Thee were laid;
By almighty love anointed, Thou hast full atonement made.
All Thy people are forgiven, Through the virtue of Thy blood;
Opened is the gate of Heaven, Peace is made ’twixt man and God.

Jesus, hail, enthroned in glory, There forever to abide;
All the heav’nly hosts adore Thee, Seated at Thy Father’s side.
There for sinners Thou art pleading, There Thou dost our place prepare,
Even for us interceding, Till in glory we appear.

Worship, honor, power and blessing, Thou art worthy to receive;
Loudest praises, without ceasing, Meet it is for us to give.
Help, ye bright angelic spirits, Bring your sweetest, noblest lays;
Help to sing of our Savior’s merits, Help to chant Immanuel’s praise!

The Concordia Hymnal (Augsburg Publishing House), 1960.



Posted 2011·04·23 by David Kjos
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