Scripture Verse

[He] prayed, saying, O My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me: nevertheless not as I will, but as Thou wilt. Matthew 26:39


Words: Al­ice J. Clea­tor, in Up­lift­ed Voic­es, ed­it­ed by Ad­am Gei­bel and Frank Leh­man (Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Gei­bel & Leh­man, 1901), num­ber 181.

Music: R. Frank Leh­man (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Clea­tor or Leh­man (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Agony in the Garden
Heinrich Hoffman, 1886


In the still garden, dark and lone,
See Him in prayer—the sinless One;
His loved disciples sadly sleep
The Lord, alone, a watch doth keep.


The morning breaks! The shadows flee;
All hail the song of victory!
The gloom of death has passed away
Before the dawn of Easter day;
The gloom of death has passed away
Before the glorious dawn of Easter day.

Soon comes the hour of cruel pain;
Soon must the Lamb of God be slain;
Look How he pleads new strength and power
To bear—alone—dark Calv­ry’s hour.


Within the garden still and lone,
Ere yet the midnight watch is done;
Hark to the sound of angel wings
For One from Heav’n sweet comfort brings.


Hark to the clamor of the crowd!
Hark to those voices strange and loud!
They bear Him to the cross of pain,
And lo!—for us—the Lord is slain!


O Lamb of God! O sinless One!
Such love as Thine was never known;
O love divine that suffered so—
That bore—for us—such weight of woe!