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Ah, holy Jesu, how hast thou offended – Herzliebster Jesu

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Ah, holy Jesu, how hast thou offended
NEH 62
author of text
based on an 11th-century Latin meditation
translator of text

Robert Bridges was trained as a doctor but left that profession to devote himself to literature and music. In 1913 he was appointed Poet Laureate. It was as choirmaster of the village church of Yattendon that he became impatient with the low quality of the words and music of the hymns then in use. This led to the publication in 1899 of The Yattendon Hymnal, a lavishly produced volume with many superb versions of German hymns. These are rarely exact translations, but move from the original to become Bridges’ reworking of the theme, as in this case. Here he is working on an original from the period of the Thirty Years War, a time of intense personal suffering for Johann Heermann.

Versions of the tune were current in the seventeenth century, including the one by Crüger, which J S Bach took and used in several versions in both the St John and St Matthew Passions. Heermann’s hymn begins ‘Herzliebster Jesu’ (‘Heart-beloved Jesus’).

from notes by Alan Luff © 2002


The English Hymn, Vol. 3 - Hills of the north, rejoice
CDP12103Archive Service


Track 9 on CDP12103 [3'31] Archive Service

Track-specific metadata for CDP12103 track 9

Recording date
19 June 2002
Recording venue
Wells Cathedral, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
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  1. The English Hymn, Vol. 3 - Hills of the north, rejoice (CDP12103)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: September 2002
    Deletion date: September 2016
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