Go to Dark Gethsemane

This hymn for Good Friday 

The words were written by Scottish-born Moravian editor, poet and hymn-writer James Montgomery (1771–1854), and first published in 1825.

With meter 77 77 77, tunes it is set to include:
  • REDHEAD 76 - also known as PETRA, AJALON and GETHSEMANE- by Richard Redhead (1820-1901) - this is the original and most commonly used tune
  • NICHT SO TRAURIG by Johann Sebastian Bach
  • LA TROBE by Christian Ignatius LaTrobe
  • ARFON - a Welsh tune
  • OUSELEY by Frederick A. Gore Ouseley
  • ASHBURTON by Robert Jackso
  • DIX Kocher
  • TOPLADY (Hastings)
  • TICHFIELD (Richardson)
  • GETHSEMANE (Tye) by Christopher Tye.

Hymn title image, based on The Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane by  Duccio di Buoninsegna  (1255–1319) - which shows Jesus praying in the garden while the disciples wait and perhaps sleep


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Choir and congregation with organ:

Singer with very light self-accompaniment on guitar:

Contemporary singer with band - country style:

Choir with organ:


Go to dark Gethsemane,
You 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 of Jesus Christ to pray.

Follow to the judgement hall;
View the Lord of life arraigned;
O the worm-wood and the gall!
O the pangs His soul sustained!
Shun not suff'ring, shame, or loss;
Learn of Him to bear the cross.

Calv'ry'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.

Early hasten to the tomb
Where they laid his breathless clay;
All is solitude and gloom;
Who hath taken Him away?
Christ is ris'n! He meets our eyes:
Saviour, teach us so to rise.

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