Scripture Verse

They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to the disciples, Sit here while I pray. Mark 14:32


Sidney C. Lanier (1842–1881)

Words: Sid­ney C. La­nier, 1880. First ap­peared as a hymn in the Me­tho­dist Hym­nal, 1905.

Music: La­nier Pe­ter C. Lut­kin, 1905 (🔊 pdf nwc). The tune was writ­ten for these words.


Into the woods my mas­ter went,
Clean for­spent, for­spent,
Into the woods my mas­ter came,
Forspent with love and shame.
But the ol­ives they were not blind to Him.
The lit­tle grey leaves were kind to Him,
The thorn tree had a mind to Him,
When in­to the woods He came.

Out of the woods my mas­ter came
And He was well con­tent;
Out of the woods my mas­ter came,
Content with death and shame.
When death and shame would woo Him last,
From un­der the trees they drew Him last,
’Twas on a tree they slew Him—last
When out of the woods He came.

Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, 1913