Gethsemane (Sally DeFord)

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Editor: Sally DeFord (submitted 2000-07-02).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 94 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: solo versions avialable

General Information

Title: Gethsemane
Composer: Sally DeFord

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: piano, violin (optional)

First published:


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Original text and translations

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Gethsemane lay still and dark,
Creation watched in silent awe
As Jesus suffered his Father's will
To satisfy unyielding law.

He knelt in earnest prayer alone;
His friends, o'ercome with sorrow, slept
Beneath the burden of grief he groaned,
Beneath the weight of sin he wept.

And with his blood so freely spent
He bought my soul; he paid my debt.
What work of love was wrought for me
In the stillness of Gethsemane.

"This bitter cup wilt thou remove?
Yet not my will, but thine be done."
Behold his anguish and weep anew
For love of Christ, the sinless one.

With his wounds my own are healed,
My every pain o'ercome in his,
My shame, my weakness, my grief untold
Find ransom in his priceless gift.