Author: Adam Thebesius (1596-1652) Composer: John Homer Baumgartner, 1956 (1901-1970)
1. Thou Man of grief and pain, chastised by God, the Father! For all Thou didst sustain to praise Thee now we gather. For all Thy anguish sore, for Thy bonds and distress, For cruelties and scourge, and for death’s bitterness.
2. Thy conflict is our gain; Thy death gives life immortal; Thy bonds and fetters have unlocked our prison’s portal. Thy cross is our relief; Thy wounds have healed our heart; Thy blood has purchased us the ransomed sinner’s part.
3. Lord, give us courage bold and patience in affliction, That we may bear our cross and yield to Thy correction! Help us to look to Thee and to Thy crown of thorns, If e’er our lot should be blood, torture, shame, and scorn.
4. Thy anguish make us brave to face distress and sorrow, And in the throes of death from Thy death strength to borrow; O let the bond of love bind us with one accord To crucify the flesh and world through Thee, O Lord!
Special thanks to the Apostolic Christians who diligently labored to keep their rich musical heritage alive when most other denominations forsook it in the challenging battle of changing cultures. Thanks be to those souls who labored to write and compose this treasure of praise, many now only known to GOD!