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Anonym - JESUS CHRIST, GOD MAN, WISDOM OF HIS FATHER...
JESUS CHRIST, GOD MAN, WISDOM OF HIS FATHER...
The oldest known Polish passion song (
Jezus Krystus, Bog Człowiek...
) is a paraphrase of the fourteenth-century Latin hymn
Horae canonicae Salvatoris
(canonical hours of the Savior's passion). The song, dated at about 1400-1420, is the oldest verse which is written in the thirteen-syllable line and which contains a caesura.
Jesus Christ, God Man, wisdom of His Father,
After Thursday supper, at the morning worship,
When he prayed in the garden to the Father, His God,
Was betrayed, seized, and delivered unto a Jewish throng.
All night long slapped in the face, spat upon, tormented till dawn,
On Friday at the first hour
he was led to Pilate;
They gave unjust testimony against him there;
He stood like a lamb, a meek small animal.
At the third hour, the irreverent Jews
Called to crucify him, every one of them;
Pilate ordered him scourged without any pity,
And crowned with thorns; he suffered greatly.
At the sixth hour he was led from town to the cross,
cried over these various miseries,
They crucified him naked, cast lots for his raiment,
Gave him gall with vinegar, as was prophesied.
At the ninth hour, Christ called "Eli!"
Those who crucified him, the Jews, laughed;
His dear Mother was commended to John;
Then Christ's soul separated from his body.
The blind soldier pierced his side with a spear;
Blood and water of our salvation came pouring out.
Taken down at vespers, after Pilate granted their plea
So suffered for us the Savior of the world.
At the time of evening mass
, the body was put in the grave,
Anointed with myrrh by loving friends;
On Saturday the soul destroyed the cages of Hell;
On Sunday it led out all the holy fathers
Through all the seven holy hours of your passion,
Christ, we remember you in our devotion;
Deign to give us salvation, good sojourn on earth;
After death lead us into the heavenly state.
Let us, on our death bed, remember your torment,
Our souls commend to the hands of Father God;
Give us worldly possessions, silver, gold precious stones,
So we will not take delight in them then. Amen.
Translated by Michael J. Mikoś
In the breviary, prime is 6:00 a.m.
Hebrew "God!" "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" (Matthew 27:46).
Joseph "went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered" (Matthew 27:58).
At the time of the
, the last, evening hour of the breviary.
The prophets of the Old Testament.