Go to Dark Gethsemene
Composer Deborah Holden-Holloway
Text James Montgomery, 1825
Voicing SATB, organ, and soloist
Church Season Lent, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday Topics Cross
Length 2'30" Price $1.40 (U.S.) Released 1/99
Catalog no. 405-449 Difficulty Moderately difficult
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Description A powerful and dramatic meditation on Christ's passion, death, and resurrection, scored for soprano or tenor soloist and SATB choir. The work features a somber, throbbing organ accompaniment throughout, yet ends ecstatically. A highly effective Holy Week anthem for choirs of any size, this is a work you will use year after year.
Go to dark Gethsemene, ye that feel the temptor'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 this feet,
mark the 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 lay his breathless clay.
All is solitude and gloom, they have taken him away.
He is ris'n, he meets our eyes Savior teach us so to rise.
-James Montgomery, 1825
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