1 Go to dark Gethsemane,
You who feel the tempter’s power;
Your Redeemer’s conflict see;
Watch with Him one bitter hour;
Turn not from His griefs away;
Learn of Jesus Christ to pray.
2 Follow to the judgment hall;
View the Lord of life arraigned;
O the worm-wood and the gall!
O the pangs His soul sustained!
Shun not suffering, shame, or loss;
Learn of Him to bear the cross.
3 Calvary’s mournful mountain climb
There’ adoring at His feet,
Mark the miracle of time,
God’s own sacrifice complete:
“It is finished!” Hear the cry;
Learn of Jesus Christ to die.
4 Early hasten to the tomb
Where they laid his breathless clay;
All is solitude and gloom;
Who hath taken Him away?
Christ is risen! He meets our eyes:
Savior, teach us so to rise.
Go to Dark Gethsemane Hymn Story
“Go to Dark Gethsemane” is an Easter hymn that was composed by James Montgomery. It was first published in 1825. This song is a meditation on the crucifixion of Christ.
Through this song we contemplate the sorrow and pain Christ went through in the Garden of Gethsemane. In that garden he prayed for God to take away this cup of suffering if it was his will.
The song then takes us to the sufferings of Christ on the cross. At the very end we go on to his death that day.
No one can contemplate Christ’s suffering daily and still be the same. It will change you for the better.
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