O Come And Mourn With Me Awhile

This is the full, original text from an 1852 edition of Fr. Faber’s hymnal Jesus and Mary. It is listed for The Eternal Father in that hymnal.

O come and mourn with me awhile ;
See, Mary calls us to her side;
O come and let us mourn with her;
Jesus, our Love, is crucified!

Have we no tears to shed for Him,
While soldiers scoff and Jews deride?
Ah! look how patiently He hangs;
Jesus, our Love, is crucified!

How fast His Hands and Feet are nailed;
His blessed Tongue with thirst is tied,
His failing Eyes are blind with blood;
Jesus, our Love, is crucified!

His Mother cannot reach his Face;
She stands in helplessness beside;
Her heart is martyred with her Son’s;
Jesus, our Love, is crucified!

Seven times He spoke, seven words of love,
And all three hours His silence cried
For mercy on the souls of men;
Jesus, our Love, is crucified!

What was Thy crime, my dearest Lord?
By earth, by heaven, Thou hast been tried,
And guilty found of too much love;
Jesus, our Love, is crucified!

Found guilty of excess of love,
It was thine own sweet will that tied
Thee tighter far than helpless nails;
Jesus, our Love, is crucified!

Death came, and Jesus meekly bowed;
His falling Eyes he strove to guide
With mindful love to Mary’s face;
Jesus, our Love, is crucified!

O break, O break, hard heart of mine!
Thy weak self-love and guilty pride
His Pilate and His Judas were;
Jesus, our Love, is crucified!

Come, take thy stand beneath the Cross,
And let the Blood from out that Side
Fall gently on thee drop by drop;
Jesus, our Love, is crucified!

A broken heart, a fount of tears,
Ask, and they will not be denied;
A broken heart love’s cradle is;
Jesus, our Love, is crucified!

O Love of God! O Sin of man!
In this dread act your strength is tried;
And victory remains with love,
For He, our Love, is crucified!

Words: Fr. Frederick W. Faber, 1849, alt.
Tune:St. Cross” John B. Dykes, 1861.

This is the text as it appears in  Hymns Ancient and Modern (1867):

O come and mourn with me awhile;
O come ye to the Saviour’s Side;
O come, together let us mourn;
Jesus, our Lord, is crucified.

Have we no tears to shed for Him,
While soldiers scoff and Jews deride?
Ah! look how patiently He hangs;
Jesus, our Lord, is crucified.

How fast His Hands and Feet are nailed;
His Throat with parching thirst is dried;
His failing Eyes are dimmed with blood;
Jesus, our Lord, is crucified.

Seven times He spake, seven Words of Love;
And all three hours His silence cried
For mercy on the souls of men;
Jesus, our Lord, is crucified.

Come, let us stand beneath the Cross;
So may the Blood from out His Side
Fall gently on us drop by drop;
Jesus, our Lord, is crucified.

A broken heart, a fount of tears
Ask, and they will not be denied;
Lord Jesus, may we love and weep,
Since Thou for us art crucified. Amen.

Here is a Latin translation of this hymn done in 1866 by the Rev. C.B. Pearson:

Adeste fideles, mecum complorantes,
Venite ad Latus Domini,
Venite paulisper, moesti, dolorosi,
En Iesus Cruci figitur.

Nonne pro Christo lacrymas fundetis,
Ludibrio spretoribus?
Ligno crudeli patienter haerens
En Iesus Cruci figitur.

Manus Pedesque transegere clavi;
Quae sitis est in Faucibus !
Sanguis languentes Oculos obumbrat:
Heu! Iesus Cruci figitur.

Septies fatur plenaVox Amoris,
Tres horas in silentio
Pro animabus veniam precatur:
En Iesus Cruci figitur.

Adeste fideles, sub Cruce sistamus:
Sanguis Eius de Latere
Stillet guttatim super supplicantes,
Dum Iesus Cruci figitur.

Cor contristatum, fontem lacrimarum
Rogate; non negabitur:
Te diligamus, Iesu,Te ploremus
Pro nobis passum talia. Amen.

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musings of a young Catholic aspiring to be faithful to his Lord and God Jesus Christ through His Holy Catholic Church
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