When Jesus Wept composed by Ruth Elaine Schram. For handbells (3 octaves) / handchimes (3 octaves). Holy Week, Lent, Sacred. Level 2+. Sheet music. Published by Lorenz Publishing Company (LO.20-1426L).
William Billings's penetrating fuging tune is presented with expansive open harmony and a modicum of notes to preserve the starkness of the text it accompanies. "When Jesus wept, the falling tear in mercy flowed beyond all bound; when Jesus groaned, a trembling fear seized all the guilty world around." A somber, introspective work of intense beauty.