Ah, holy Jesu, how hast thou offended

Ah, holy Jesu, how hast thou offended. Johann Heermann* (1585-1647), translated by Robert Bridges* (1844-1930). From the Yattendon Hymnal, Part II (1897). This is Bridges’s translation of ‘Herzliebster Jesu, was hast du verbrochen’*, first published in Heermann’s Devoti Musica Cordis (Leipzig and Breslau, 1630) together with its tune, HERZLIEBSTER JESU. This was itself a translation of a text at one time attributed to St Augustine* and then to St Anselm, but now thought to be by Jean de Fécamp*. The Latin began ‘Quid commisisti, dulcissime puer, ut sic judicareris?’ Bridges followed Heermann for the first three verses, though loosely (there is no equivalent in line 1 for ‘herzliebster’/...

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