O sacred Head, surrounded

O sacred Head, surrounded. Henry Williams Baker* (1821-1877). This translation of three stanzas of the great Passiontide hymn by Paul Gerhardt*, ‘O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden’ was made by Sir Henry Baker for the First Edition of A&M (1861). With some alterations it has remained in use in successive editions of A&M, up to and including A&MCP, although that last book also prints the translation by Robert Bridges*, ‘O sacred Head, sore wounded’*, as an alternative (A&MRW prints Baker's text only). Baker’s translation has always been one of three major English/American versions of Gerhardt’s hymn, the other two being that by Bridges and the one by James Waddell Alexander*, ‘O...

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