The Cross Her Station Keeping

Melody -

From the Latin, 12th cent., translated by Richard Mant, 1533, and Edward Caswall, 1849, cento

The cross her station keeping,
Stood the mournful mother weeping,
Where he hung, the dying Lord;
For her soul of joy bereaved,
Bowed with anguish, deeply grieved,
Felt the sharp and piercing sword.

2. O how sad and sore distressed
Now was she, that mother blessed
Of the sole-begotten One.
Deep the woe of her affliction,
When she saw the crucifixion
Of her ever-glorious Son.

3. Who, on Christ's dear mother gazing,
Pierced by anguish so amazing,
Born of woman, would not weep?
Who, on Christ's dear mother thinking,
Such a cup of sorrow drinking,
Would not share her sorrows deep?

4. For his people's sin chastised,
She beheld her Son despised,
Scourged, and crowned with thorns entwined;
Saw him then from judgment taken,
And in death by all forsaken,
Till his spirit he resigned.

5. Jesus, may her deep devotion
Stir in me the same emotion
Fount of love, Redeemer kind
That my heart fresh ardour gaining
And a purer love attaining
May with thee acceptance find.


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