Christ My Song - 488
Kneeling on the earth, he prays - Passio Christi
(Horatius Bonar/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
From the Latin.
1. Kneeling on the earth, he prays,
Man of Sorrows, all alone!
Yet, in depth of agony,
still he comforteth his own.
Pale, the blood-sweat o'er him flows,
to the Father's will he bows.
2. Judas kisses and betrays;
crowds in fury onward roll;
lo, he speaks the healing word,
and the smitten ear is whole.
Prisoner, he is led alone,
friend and lover both are gone.
3. Binding him in cruel chains,
on they drag him at their will;
smiting with their fists his back,
his deep cup of woe they fill;
stripe on stripe they on him lay,
mixed with bitter mockery.
4. Innocent, he stands condemned,
spite of taunts, serenely meek;
questioned, answers not a word,
bears the buffet on his cheek;
hears unmoved the nation's cry,
Crucify him! crucify!
Horatius Bonar, Hymns of the Nativity, 1879, 103-104.