This is one of the holiest days of the year in the Christian calendar (at least the Western version), and this piece always says Good Friday to me. The Cyberhymnal page says that the words were originally published in Latin in 1153, attributed to Bernard of Clairvaux. They were translated into German in 1656 by Paul Gerhardt and then into English in 1830 by James W. Alexander. You can read all eleven verses on the Cyberhymnal site too, but be careful, because that site automatically starts playing music. The video below includes just a few of the verses, rearranged.
Today's roundup is here. I'll be back on Monday with a link to the first line of this year's Progressive Poem and all kinds of other goodies for National Poetry Month!
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