Go To Dark Gethsemane

This is James Montgomery’s original, 1820 version of the text published in Thomas Cotterill’s Selection of Psalms and Hymns under the heading ‘The Last Sufferings of Christ’:

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 from Him to watch and pray.

See Him at the judgment-hall,
Beaten, bound, reviled, arraign’d:
See Him meekly bearing all!
Love to man His soul sustain’d!
Shun not suffering, shame, or loss;
Learn of Christ to bear the cross.

Calvary’s mournful mountain view;
There the Lord of Glory see,
Made a sacrifice for you,
Dying on the accursed tree:
“It is finish’d,” hear Him cry:
Trust in Christ, and learn to die.

Early to the tomb repair,
Where they laid his breathless clay;
Angels kept their vigils there:
Who hath taken Him away?
“Christ is risen!” He seeks the skies;
Saviour! teach us so to rise.

In 1825 he revised the text and republished with the heading ‘Christ Our Example In Suffering.’ This is the most popular version of the text:

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.

(1)Follow to the judgment hall,
View the Lord of life arraign’d;
O the wormwood and the gall!
O the pangs his soul sustain’d!
Shun not suffering, shame, or loss;
Learn of Him 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 finish’d’; hear their(2) 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 risen:—He meets our eyes;
Saviour, teach us so to rise.

Words: James Montgomery, 1820, revised 1825.
Tune:Redhead” Richard Redhead, 1853.
Words: 7.7.7.7.7.7

(1) Oftentimes, texts will use the first two lines of this verse from the original version and the remainder from the 1825 revision.
(2) Often, texts will use “Him” rather than “their” here. 

This is the text as it appears in  Hymns Ancient and Modern (1867):

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.

Follow to the judgment-hall,
View the Lord of Life arraigned,
Oh, the wormwood and the gall!
Oh, the pangs His Soul sustained!
Shun not suffering, shame, or loss;
Learn of Him 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. Amen.

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musings of a young Catholic aspiring to be faithful to his Lord and God Jesus Christ through His Holy Catholic Church
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