220. Go to Dark Gethsemane

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1 Go to dark Gethsemane,
all who feel the tempter’s power;
your Redeemer’s conflict see;
watch with him one bitter hour;
turn not from his griefs away;
learn from Jesus Christ to pray.

2 Follow to the judgment hall;
view the Lord of life arraigned;
O the wormwood and the gall!
O the pangs his soul sustained!
Shun not suffering, shame, or loss;
learn from him to bear the cross.

3 Calvary’s mournful mountain climb;
there, adoring at his feet,
mark that miracle of time,
God’s own sacrifice complete;
“It is finished!” hear him cry;
learn from Jesus Christ to die.

4 Early hasten to the tomb
where they laid his breathless clay:
all is solitude and gloom.
Who has taken him away?
Christ is risen! He meets our eyes.
Savior, teach us so to rise.

Text Information
First Line: Go to dark Gethsemane
Title: Go to Dark Gethsemane
Author: James Montgomery (1820, 1825, alt.)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: 7.7.7.7.7.7
Scripture: Matthew 10:38; Matthew 16:24; Matthew 26:36-45; Mark 8:34; Mark 14:32-42; Mark 15:1; Luke 9:23; Luke 14:27; Luke 22:44; Luke 23:33; Luke 24:1; John 18:1-40; John 19; John 20:1-18; 1 Corinthians 15:22; Philippians 2:7-11; Colossians 4:2; Hebrews 2:18; Hebrews 4:15; Hebrews 12:2; 1 Peter 2:21; 1 Peter 4:12-13
Topic: Christian Year: Palm Sunday; Christian Year: Maundy Thursday; Christian Year: Good Friday (2 more...)
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: REDHEAD 76
Composer: Richard Redhead (1853)
Meter: 7.7.7.7.7.7
Key: E♭ Major


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The composer intended this tune for “Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me” (no. 438), but its solemn tone and small range make it an effective setting for this series of somber vignettes portraying what Christians can learn from Christ: to pray, to bear the cross, to die, and to rise.


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