Go to Dark Gethsemane

Words: • James Montgomery (1820, 1825)
Music:REDHEAD 76 • Richard Redhead (1853)



Go to dark Gethsemane,
Ye that 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 judgment hall,
View the Lord of Life arraigned;
O the wormwood 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 that 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:
Savior, teach us so to rise.

Compared to Hymnals

  No. Words Music
Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs n/a
Songs for Worship and Praise n/a
Songs of Faith and Praise 360 Uses “You” instead of “Ye” in vs 1 (but still uses “hath” in vs 4) Removes syncopated rhythm in melody at the end of the thirdline
Praise for the Lord 168 Identical Identical
Hymns for Worship (Revised) n/a
Songs of the Church n/a
Sacred Selections n/a
Christian Hymns No. 2 n/a
Great Songs of the Church No. 2 n/a


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Through [Jesus] let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge His name.
— Hebrews 13:15