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Sunday, September 29, 2019

Favorite Songs - O Sacred Head Now Wounded (and American Tune)

(Are there some songs that never get old for you? You can listen to them over and over again, even after you've just listened to them, and you still enjoy them? When they also make you think about interesting and important stuff, you get the kinds of songs I'm talking about in this series of blog posts.)

Not only does this classic hymn have one of my favorite tunes, which was used repeatedly by Johann Sebastian Bach in his music, but it also has one of my two all-time favorite hymn verses...

What language shall I borrow
To thank Thee, dearest friend
For this, Thy dying sorrow
Thy pity without end

Oh, make me Thine forever
And should I fainting be
Lord, let me never, never
Outlive my love for Thee

Wow. Try to beat that.

(In case you're wondering, my other favorite hymn verse is from "Rock of Ages," by Augustus Toplady:

Nothing in my hand I bring
Simply to Thy cross I cling
Naked, come to Thee for dress
Helpless, look to Thee for grace
Foul, I to the fountain fly
Wash me Savior or I die

That's the only verse that can rival the final one of O Sacred Head, IMHO.)

The music from O Sacred Head Now Wounded was also the inspiration and foundation for another of my favorite songs--American Tune by Paul Simon...

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