Scripture Verse

When they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. Luke 23:33


Words: From the Mainz Ge­sang­buch, 1661, page 287 (Huc ad mon­tem Cal­va­ri­ae). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by Her­bert Kyn­as­ton, Oc­ca­sion­al Hymns (Lon­don: R. Clay, Son & Tay­lor, 1862), pag­es 70–72, alt.

Music: Kil­mor­ey John A. Lloyd, Jr. (1840–1914) (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Kyn­as­ton or Lloyd (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


To Cal­va­ry as­cend­ing,
With Je­sus let us go,
Beneath the sha­dow bend­ing
Of all His migh­ty woe:
The Chief of our sal­va­tion
Should we not fol­low nigh,
With all His tri­bu­lation,
In all His death to die?

The rear­ward’s faint way­far­er
Must stag­ger with his load,
Where still the Stan­dard Bear­er
Leads up the mount­ain road:
Wrung out from life’s af­flict­ion,
Death has no bi­tter cup
So sharp, but cru­ci­fix­ion
Has brimmed its sor­rows up.

Does life’s last fe­ver burn­ing
Thy couch with ang­uish toss?
His racked limbs had no turn­ing,
His death­bed was the cross:
Each vein of life-drops stream­ing,
From sole to crown di­vine,
Has, Death, for thy re­deem­ing
A deep­er pang than thine.

Art poor? in all thy toil­ing
See how the Mas­ter sped,
His robe, His ves­ture’s spoil­ing,
His na­ked, home­less head!
The fox his hole, the spar­row
Has where to lay her nest,
Those rood beams, hard and nar­row,
Are all thy Sav­ior’s rest.

Have ev­il tongued op­press­ors
Thy re­pu­ta­tion torn?
Hark, num­bered with trans­gress­ors
He bears the rob­bers’ scorn!
The sharp­ened nails as­sail­ing
Less need the opi­ate bowl
Than those fell tongues, im­pal­ing
Their ir­on in His soul.

Dost fear the pangs of dy­ing,
When death has poised his dart?
See, all those ar­rows fly­ing
Are ga­thered in His heart!
A moist wind, gent­ly sigh­ing,
Is now that fur­nace blast;
Death, in His bit­ter cry­ing,
Thy bit­ter­ness is past.

The Daughters of Jerusalem
James Tissot (1836–1902)