Scripture Verse

Have mercy upon me, O Lord; for I am weak. Psalm 6:2

Introduction

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Charles J. Vincent, Jr.
(1852–1934)

Words: John R. Wre­ford, in the Col­lect­ion of Hymns for Pub­lic and Pri­vate Wor­ship, by John Rel­ly Beard (Lon­don: John Green, 1837).

Music: Con­se­cra­tion (Vin­cent) Charles J. Vin­cent, Jr. (1852–1934) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Agony in the Garden
Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528)

Lyrics

When my love to God grows weak,
[or When my love to Christ grows weak]
When for deeper faith I seek,
Then in thought I go to thee,
Garden of Gethsemane.

There I walk amid the shades
While the lingering twilight fades
See that suffering, friendless One,
Weeping, praying there alone.

When my love for man grows weak,
When for stronger faith I seek,
Hill of Calvary, I go
To thy scenes of fear and woe.

There behold His agony,
Suffered on the bitter tree;
See His anguish, see His faith,
Love triumphant still in death.

Then to life I turn again,
Learning all the worth of pain,
Learning all the might that lies
In a full self sacrifice.