Not the elegant prince of our debauched and vicious art, not the jeweled idol of our society churches--but the Jesus of the awful reality, the man of sorrow
and pain, the outcast, despised of the world, who had nowhere to lay his head--"
The truest of all men was the Man of Sorrows
, and the truest of all books is Solomon's, and Ecclesiastes is the fine hammered steel of woe.
Not one throb of anguish, not one tear of the oppressed, is forgotten by the Man of Sorrows
, the Lord of Glory.
Is not the Man of Sorrows
there in that crucified body wherewith he ascended?
Dixon, A Man of Sorrow
(London, 1965) made the same mistake with dire consequences for unwary students, who quote these fictional passages as if they were fact.
William Barcham's article on the Man of Sorrows
paintings in 15th-century Padua is a case in point.
My favourite part of Messiah is "He is despised and rejected of men: a man of sorrows
, and acquainted with grief," not least because of the story of how at the work's premiere in Dublin in April, 1742, a local clergyman, Reverend Delaney, was so overcome by Susanna Cibber's rendering of the part that he leapt to his feet and cried: "Woman, for this be all thy sins forgiven thee
To some it is given to be conformed to the Man of Sorrows
in an extraordinary manner.
His hands were pierced with nails A spear plunged in His side A crown of thorns upon His head The man of sorrows
He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows
, and acquainted with grief; he was despised and we esteemed him not.
Abse is a fine poet, a man of sorrows
and acquainted with grief who understands human frailty.
Handel''s Messiah contains these sad words: "He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows
and acquainted with grief.