When our heads are bowed with woe
When our heads are bowed with woe. Henry Hart Milman* (1791-1868).
First published in Reginald Heber*’s Hymns written and adapted to the Weekly Church Service of the Year (1827), set as the second hymn for the Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity. As JJ points out, it deals with the Gospel on the day, the raising of the widow’s son at Nain, but ‘only with the sad side of that event’ (p. 1271). It was not included by Milman in his Selection of Psalms and Hymns (1837), but it became very popular in the 19th century on both sides of the Atlantic. It was published in the First Edition of A&M with the final line of each verse changed to ‘Jesus, Son of Mary, hear’ (‘Jesu’ in the SPCK Church...
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