Stricken, Smitten and Afflicted

I heard and sang this hymn of Thomas Kelly for the first time last Sunday. It is fitting for Passion Week as we consider the death of our Savior.

Stricken, smitten, and afflicted,
See Him dying on the tree!
‘Tis the Christ by man rejected;
Yes, my soul, ‘tis He, ‘tis He!
‘Tis the long-expected prophet,
David’s Son, yet David’s Lord;
By His Son, God now has spoken
Tis the true and faithful Word.

Tell me, ye who hear him groaning,
Was there ever grief like his?
Friends thro’ fear his cause disowning,
Foes insulting his distress;
Many hands were raised to wound him,
None would interpose to save;
But the deepest stroke that pierced him
Was the stroke that Justice gave.

Ye who think of sin but lightly,
Nor suppose the evil great
Here may view its nature rightly,
Here its guilt may estimate.
Mark the sacrifice appointed,
See who bears the awful load;
‘tis the Word, the Lord’s Anointed,
Son of Man and Son of God.

Here we have a firm foundation,
Here the refuge of the lost;
Christ’s the Rock of our salvation,
His the name of which we boast.
Lamb of God, for sinners wounded,
Sacrifice to cancel guilt!
None shall ever be confounded
Who on him their hope have built.



3 Responses to Stricken, Smitten and Afflicted

  1. Isn’t that a beautiful song? It is in Douglas Wilson’s Cantus Christi, of which I am growing increasingly fond. The choir is introducing it this evening in our Tenebrae Service.

  2. Yes, it is — I wish that I had known of it sooner. I was not familiar with Cantus Christi, but with the help of Google, I see that it is a hymnal of which I want to learn more.

    Thanks for the mention of your Tenebrae Service and link to the program. I wish that we could join you for the service.

  3. The Service of Tenebrae this evening was like water to a thirsty soul.

    You can hear a recording of Stricken, Smitten and Afflicted here:

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