O Jesus, Wounded Sovereign

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Original lyrics to a familiar tune. Free to copy and use. Or you can pay-what-you-like to donate.


Words: Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Tune: O Sacred Head Now Wounded


Lyrics:
Dear Jesus, you who suffer and walk among the poor
whose hearts and lives are broken, whose faith is still unsure:

despised, accused and battered, you do not say a word.

So powerless, yet loving!— you are my Sovereign Lord.

You bear no arms but loving, no threats nor flags unfurled.

You wear no kingly robes, but the sorrows of the world.

Yet your forgiveness conquers each worldly rule and reign,

and rises, whole, undaunted, from evil, death and pain.

While emperors abuse you, and people shrug or stare,

and dark injustice troubles the ones for whom you care,

your mighty grace arises, and hidden from our sight,

enfolds all living beings in your triumphant light.

O Jesus, wounded Sovereign, I pray, give me the nerve

without this world’s armor to love and bless and serve.
My master and companion, rule all eternity

with grace and deep compassion, and, Lord, begin with me.

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