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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
III. Jesus Crucified (“O come and mourn”)
By Frederick William Faber (1814–1863)
O COME and mourn with me awhile,
  See, Mary calls us to her side;
O come and let us mourn with her:
  Jesus, our Love, is crucified!
Have we no tears to shed for Him,        5
  While soldiers scoff and Jews deride?
Ah! look how patiently He hangs:
  Jesus, our Love, is crucified!
How fast His hands and feet are nailed;
  His blessèd tongue with thirst is tied;        10
His failing eyes are blind with blood:
  Jesus, our Love, is crucified!
His Mother cannot reach His face;
  She stands in helplessness beside;
Her heart is martyred with her Son’s:        15
  Jesus, our Love, is crucified!
Seven times He spoke, seven words of love,
  And all three hours His silence cried
For mercy on the souls of men:
  Jesus, our Love, is crucified!        20
What was Thy crime, my dearest Lord?
  By earth, by heaven, Thou hast been tried,
And guilty found of too much love:
  Jesus, our Love, is crucified!
Found guilty of excess of love,        25
  It was Thine own sweet will that tied
The tighter far than helpless nails:
  Jesus, our Love, is crucified!
Death came, and Jesus meekly bowed;
  His falling eyes He strove to guide        30
With mindful love to Mary’s face:
  Jesus, our Love, is crucified!
O break, O break, hard heart of mine!
  Thy weak self-love and guilty pride
His Pilate and his Judas were:        35
  Jesus, our Love, is crucified!
Come, take thy stand beneath the cross
  And let the blood from out that side
Fall gently on thee drop by drop:
  Jesus, our Love, is crucified.        40
A broken heart, a fount of tears,
  Ask, and they will not be denied;
A broken heart love’s cradle is:
  Jesus, our Love, is crucified!
O Love of God! O sin of Man!        45
  In this dread act your strength is tried:
And victory remains with love,
  For He, our Love, is crucified!

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