At the Cross her station keeping
At the cross her station keeping,
stood the mournful mother weeping,
close to Jesus at the last,
Through her soul, of
bowed with anguish, deeply grievèd,
now at length the sword hath passed.
O, that blessed one,
blessed Mother, blessed Maiden,
Mother of the all-holy One;
O that silent, ceaseless mourning,
O those dim eyes, never
from that wondrous, suffering Son.
Who, on Christ's dear mother gazing,
in her trouble 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?
his people's sins, in anguish,
there she saw the victim languish,
bleed in torments, bleed and die.
Saw the Lord's anointed taken,
saw her Child in death
heard his last expiring cry.
In the passion of my Maker,
be my sinful soul partaker,
may I bear with her my
of his passion bear the token,
in a spirit bowed and broken
bear his death within my heart.
May his wounds both wound
and heal me,
he enkindle, cleanse, and heal me,
be his cross my hope and stay.
May he, when the mountains quiver,
from that flame which burns for
shield me on the judgment day.
Jesus, may thy cross defend me,
and thy saving death befriend me,
cherished by thy
when to dust my dust returneth,
grant a soul that to thee yearneth
in thy paradise a place.