Please turn to number 81 and join in singing, “The Words on the Cross”.
First Line: Jesus, in thy dying woes
Name: SWEDISH LITANY.
Meter: 7 7, 7 6.
Music: Swedish Melody, 1697
Text: Thomas Benson Pollock, 1836-96
Clarinet Arrangement: 081.TheWordsOnTheCross
Along with the words Jesus Christ supposedly uttered on the cross, there are 21 verses to this short hymn.
To get some of the feel for that repetition, I decided I would play the melody once for each spoken part on the cross, and once between each utterance. I also decided I would read the “words on the cross” along with playing the hymn.
Count your lucky stars, it only ends up being 15 times through the hymn.