O Darkest Woe

Original lyrics by Johann Rist
Translated by Catherine Winkworth
1641

O darkest woe! Ye tears, forth flow!
Has earth so sad a wonder?
God the Fatherís only Son
Now lies buried yonder.

O sinful man, it was the ban
Of death on thee that brought Him
Down to suffer for thy sins,
And such woe hath wrought Him.

Behold thy Lord, the Lamb of God
Blood sprinkled lies before thee,
Pouring out His life that He
May to life restore thee.

O Jesus blest, my Help and Rest!
With tears I pray, Lord hear me,
Make me love Thee to the last,
And in death be near me.

This is a hymn used in funerals.