A Hymn for Holy Week

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 no suff’ring, shame, or loss; learn from him to bear the cross.

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.

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.

— James Montgomery

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