Scripture Verse

They came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and He saith to His disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray. Mark 14:32

Introduction

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Christ at Gethsemane
Carl H. Bloch
1834–1890

Words: John W. Way­land, in Life Songs, ed­it­ed by Sam­u­el F. Coff­man & John D. Brunk (Scott­dale, Penn­syl­van­ia: Men­non­ite Pub­lish­ing House, 1916), num­ber 18.

Music: Lar­vot­to John D. Brunk, 1916 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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John D. Brunk
1872–1926

Lyrics

The world in silence waits around,
The pendant branches sway,
While, in the shadows more profound,
The Master kneels to pray.

The hours of night go flying on,
Fierce dangers haste the day;
’Tis now the Master seeks His own—
They need to watch and pray.

The foes of righteousness awake,
They hither press their way,
Their clamors on the silence break—
Awake, ye saints, and pray!

’Tis e’er in dark Gethsemane
The Master strives alone,
Yet ever comes with tender care
To wake and warn His own.