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The Most Thoughtful Yet Depressing Mormon Hymn (satire)

After first hearing Hymn 197 - O Savior, Thou Who Wearest a Crown - I greatly moved by its subject.  Within context of the church, it sobers the repentant heart.

If this song is sung "thoughtfully", then its apt for Easter which fits all the Easter songs in the Hymnbook.

Even I cannot reach the lowest notes; though, being a guy, I cannot hit High C either.

Though, the music of this hymn is based on a hymn by J.S. Bach who improved on the original hymn written by Hans Leo Hassler.

Anyway, to give you an idea of what this song is like, I will quote the whole thing.

1.O Savior, thou who wearest
A crown of piercing thorn,
The pain thou meekly bearest,
Weigh'd down by grief and scorn.
The soldiers mock and flail thee;
For drink they give thee gall;
Upon the cross they nail thee
To die, O King of all.

2.No creature is so lowly,
No sinner so depraved,
But feels thy presence holy
And thru thy love is saved.
Tho craven friends betray thee,
They feel thy love's embrace;
The very foes who slay thee
Have access to thy grace.

3.Thy sacrifice transcended
The mortal law's demand;
Thy mercy is extended
To ev'ry time and land.
No more can Satan harm us,
Tho long the fight may be,
Nor fear of death alarm us;
We live, O Lord, thru thee.

4.What praises can we offer
To thank thee, Lord most high?
In our place thou didst suffer;
In our place thou didst die,
By heaven's plan appointed,
To ransom us, our King.
O Jesus, the anointed,
To thee our love we bring!

Text: Karen Lynn Davidson, b. 1943. © 1985 IRI Music: Hans Leo Hassler, 1564–1612; adapted by J. S. Bach, 1685–1750 2 Nephi 2:6–9 Matthew 27:26–31, 34–35

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