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.
Is not the Man of Sorrows
there in that crucified body wherewith he ascended?
Not one throb of anguish, not one tear of the oppressed, is forgotten by the Man of Sorrows
, the Lord of Glory.
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.
Remember the deep hymn,'In every pang that rends the heart/ the man of sorrows
has a part/ he sympathises with our grief/ and to the sufferer sends relief.
Grief is never far from our own experience and our clinical encounters, as we are never far from Jesus who is "a man of sorrows
and acquainted with grief" (Isaiah 53:3, English Standard Version).
In another painting, Man of Sorrows
, 1891, Christ appears with the familiar crown of thorns, tears, sweat and congealing blood, but also with features borrowed from a Japanese Noh theatre mask that Ensor had in his possession.
Hannah Priest chooses Chretien's Eric et Enide to assess the role of wounds in the construction of chivalric masculinity, and the intersection of that role with the (non-medical) discourse surrounding the wounds of Christ as the 'Man of Sorrows
William Barcham's article on the Man of Sorrows
paintings in 15th-century Padua is a case in point.
O Lord, we try to grow content with measured time, but we want the final, sovereign Yes, and not this man of sorrows
, acquainted with grief.
I also take exception to Kennedy's use of the label "Man of Sorrows
." In the Mercy Seat Trinity in Harley 1896 (Fig.