Near the Cross was Mary weeping (Joseph Barnby)

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  • (Posted 2018-12-06)   CPDL #52529:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2018-12-06).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 52 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from the edition on IMSLP. Note values halved. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

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Title: Near the Cross was Mary weeping
Tune: Near the Cross
Composer: Joseph Barnby
Lyricist: Henry Mills

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 887. 887

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1897 in Hymn Tunes, no. 172, p. 102

Description: The lyrics are a translation of the Stabat Mater.

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Original text and translations

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1  Near the cross was Mary weeping,
There her mournful station keeping,
Gazing on her dying Son,
There with speechless grief oppressed,
Anguish-stricken, and distressed;
Through her soul the sword had gone.

2  Who upon that Sufferer gazing,
Bowed in sorrow so amazing,
Would not with His mother mourn?
'Twas our sins brought Him from heaven;
These the cruel nails had driven;
All His griefs for us were borne.


3  When no eye its pity gave us,
When there was no arm to save us,
He His love and power displayed;
By His stripes He wrought our healing;
By His death, our life revealing,
He for us the ransom paid.

4  Jesus, may Thy love constrain us
That from sin we may refrain us,
In Thy griefs may deeply grieve.
Thee our best affections giving,
To Thy glory ever living,
May we in Thy glory live.