Jesu, in thy dying woes
Jesu, in thy dying woes. Thomas Benson Pollock* (1836-1896).
This is said by most authorities to have been published in Pollock’s pamphlet Metrical Litanies for Special Services and General Use (Oxford, 1870), but this has not been verified. It was certainly in his Litany Appendix (1871). It was entitled ‘Of the Seven Words of Christ from the Cross’. It was written in seven sections, each containing three 3-line stanzas, preceded by the words themselves:
‘Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.’
‘To-day shalt thou be with Me in Paradise’
‘Woman, behold thy Son.’ ‘Behold thy Mother.’
My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?’
‘It is finished.’
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