This hymn is a hymn for Lauds on the Friday after Septuagesima Sunday, dedicated to the Prayer of Our Lord Jesus Christ on Mount Olivet. The text comes from the Office of the Instruments of the Passion, or the Passion Offices.
Sion’s daughter, weep no more,
Though thy troubled heart be sore;
He of whom the psalmist sung,
He who woke the prophet’s tongue,
Christ, the mediator blest,
Brings thee everlasting rest.
In a garden man became
Heir of sin, and death, and shame;
Jesus in a garden wins
Life, and pardon for our sins;
Through His hour of agony
Praying in Gethsemane.
There for us He intercedes;
There with God the Father pleads;
Willing there for us to drain
To the dregs the cup of pain,
That in everlasting day
He may wipe our tears away.
Therefore to His name be giv’n,
Glory both in earth and Heav’n;
To the Father, and the Son,
And the Spirit, Three in One,
Honor, praise and glory be
Now and through eternity.
Words: Roman Breviary, 1852; tr. Henry W. Baker, 1859.
Tune: “Cassel” from the Christen-Schatz, 1745.
The original Latin text of this hymn may be found here.