Scripture Verse

They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to the disciples, Sit here while I pray. Matthew 26:36


James Montgomery (1771–1854)
National Portrait Gallery


Words: James Mont­gom­ery, in Se­lect­ion of Psalms and Hymns, by Tho­mas Cot­ter­ill (Lon­don: 1820).

Music: Red­head Ri­chard Red­head, Church Hymn Tunes, An­cient and Mo­dern (Lon­don: 1853) (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:


Go to dark Geth­se­ma­ne,
Ye that 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.

See Him at the judg­ment hall;
View the Lord of life ar­raigned;
O the worm­wood and the gall!
O the pangs His soul sus­tained!
Shun not suf­fer­ing, shame, or loss;
Learn of Christ to bear the cross.

Calvary’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 of 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.

Christ at Gethsemane
Carl H. Bloch (1834–1890)