Scripture Verse

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


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).

Alternate Tune:

If you know when the mu­sic was writ­ten, or where to get a good pic­ture of Wre­ford (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), or a bet­ter one of Vin­cent,


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.

Agony in the Garden
Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528)