Monday, April 6, 2009

"Go to Dark Gethsemane"

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.

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.

Calv'ry's mournful mountian 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.

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.

Text: James Montgomery
Tune: Richard Redhead

This is probably my favorite Lenten hymn, or at least one of them. As I read the words, I picture in my mind what the Lord went through--the Garden, the trial, the cross. Then the last verse speaks of Christ's Resurrection, and we are reminded we too will rise. I've always loved the melody of this hymn.

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