O sacred head, now wounded (J. Guy Stalnaker/Ken Stancer)

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  • (Posted 2018-09-23)  CPDL #51361:       
Editor: J. Guy Stalnaker (submitted 2018-09-23).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 139 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Organ accompaniment composed by Ken Stancer, organist and Choir Director at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Madison, WI, uploaded and used with permission.

General Information

Title: O Sacred Head Now Wounded (J. Guy Stalnaker/Ken Stancer)
Composer: J. Guy Stalnaker
Lyricist: James Waddel Alexander

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

First published: 2018
Description: An SATB anthem with organ on the Easter season text O Sacred Head Now Wounded. Organ accompaniment composed by Ken Stancer.

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Original text and translations

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O sacred head, now wounded,
with grief and shame weighed down,
now scornfully surrounded
with thorns, your only crown;
O sacred head, what glory
and blessing you have known!
Yet, though despised and gory,
I claim you as my own.

What language shall I borrow
to thank you, dearest Friend,
for this your dying sorrow,
your mercy without end?
Lord, make me yours forever,
a loyal servant true,
and let me never, never
outlive my love for you.

My Savior, be you near me
when death is at my door;
Then let your presence cheer me,
forsake me nevermore!
When soul and body languish,
oh, leave me not alone,
but take away mine anguish
by virtue of yours own!