Sunday, April 5, 2020

Go To Dark Gethsemane

The text of this hymn was written by James Montgomery (1771-1854) and the tune GETHSEMANE was composed by Richard Redhead (1820-1901).  The hymn walks us through the events of Holy Week as we are encouraged to go, see, watch, turn not away, learn to pray, follow, view, shun not, learn to bear the cross, climb, adore, mark, hear, learn to die, hasten, be met, be taught to rise.  This is definitely a "hands" hymn...we are called upon to do!

1. Go to dark Gethsemane,
    All who feel the tempter’s pow’r;
    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;
    Oh, the wormwood and the gall!
    Oh, the pangs His soul sustained!
    Shun not suff’ring, shame, or loss;
    Learn from Him to bear the cross.

3. Calv’ry’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 ris’n! He meets our eyes.
    Savior, teach us so to rise.

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