Schilder and the Sentimentalising of Suffering

It's no secret that I don't like much classic hymnody and even less many of the contemporary Christian praise songs.  One reason: too sentimental by half.  In that light, I was struck by the following comments made by the late Dutch theologian, Klaas Schilder, on medieval attempts to make Jesus' words from the cross into some kind of poetic high point in his ministry: