Your life! Your precious life for mine, O Christ, my Lord, my God, my Crown, No foe nor pow'r in Palestine, Took at their will. You laid it down. For silver sold, betrayed, for me, But not unwittingly. Untrue, This Judas kiss! And yet, when he Was chosen as your friend, you knew. O, bloody path! And in my place! You strode unwavering the way Of woe. To die you set your face, And none could hasten or delay. What awful aim! What cruel end! A scheme of suffering to span The ages for my sake! Dear Friend, You knew! Indeed, you formed the plan. My Lord, my ever-living King, I love you now, and would not waste One hour to love you more, but cling To you, who death and me embraced.