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O Sacred Head Now Wounded

from Spiritual Songs by The Wayside

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One of our favorite hymns, we had a blast with this one. Having such amazing musicians to experiment with was a real blessing.

lyrics

O sacred Head, now wounded,
with grief and shame weighed down,
now scornfully surrounded
with thorns, thine only crown:
how pale thou art with anguish,
with sore abuse and scorn!
How does that visage languish
which once was bright as morn!

What thou, my Lord, has suffered
was all for sinners' gain;
mine, mine was the transgression,
but thine the deadly pain.
Lo, here I fall, my Savior!
'Tis I deserve thy place;
look on me with thy favor,
vouchsafe to me thy grace.

What language shall I borrow
to thank thee, dearest friend,
for this thy dying sorrow,
thy pity without end?
O make me thine forever;
and should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never
outlive my love for thee.

credits

from Spiritual Songs, track released January 1, 2010
Text: Anonymous; trans. by Paul Gerhardt and James W. Alexander Music: Hans L. Hassler, 1564-1612; harm. by J.S. Bach, 1685-1750 Tune: PASSION CHORALE. Arranged by John and Michelle Thompson.

Michelle Thompson; lead vocal
Kenny Hutson; pedal steel
Jake Bradley; bass
Ken Lewis; drums and percussion
Stephen Leiweke; vibes, acoustic guitar

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The Wayside Nashville

The Wayside is John and Michelle Thompson and the various friends and collaborators who have come alongside them over the past 28 years of rootsy music making. Originally from the Chicago area, they now call East Nashville home and they love it.

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