Stricken, Smitten and Afflicted

Stricken, smitten, and afflicted,
see him dying on the tree!
‘Tis the Christ by man rejected;
yes, my soul, ’tis he, ’tis he!
‘Tis the long-expected Prophet,
David’s Son, yet David’s Lord;
by His Son God now has spoken:
’tis the true and faithful Word.

Tell me, ye who hear him groaning,
was there ever grief like His?
Friends through fear His cause disowning,
foes insulting His distress;
many hands were raised to wound Him,
none would interpose to save;
but the deepest stroke that pierced Him
was the stroke that Justice gave.

Ye who think of sin but lightly
nor suppose the evil great
here may view its nature rightly,
here its guilt may estimate.
Mark the sacrifice appointed,
see who bears the awful load;
’tis the Word, the Lord’s Anointed,
Son of Man and Son of God.

Here we have a firm foundation,
here the refuge of the lost;
Christ the Rock of our salvation,
His the name of which we boast.
Lamb of God, for sinners wounded,
sacrifice to cancel guilt!
None shall ever be confounded
who on him their hope have built.


2 thoughts on “Stricken, Smitten and Afflicted”

  1. “Stricken, Smitten and Afflicted, by Thomas Kelly, 1804.

    Here is the best choral version I found on Youtube.   There were lots of instrumentals and a few solos, but not much to choose from with congregational singing.   With this one (from Grace Valley Adult Choir, I don’t know where) you can make out the words.


    If you want to sing along to an accompaniment without vocals, this is the best:


    Thomas Kelly (1769-1855) was kicked out of the Church of Ireland for excessive Evangelicalism, and became an itinerant preacher in Ireland.   He wrote over 700 hymns.

    “Stricken, Smitten and Afflicted” is a part of our annual tradition.   We generally sing it three times a year.   Twice during Lent, and then during the Good Friday evening Tenebrae worship.


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