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736. When Jesus came to Golgotha

1 When Jesus came to Golgotha they hanged him on a tree,
they drove great nails through hands and feet, and made a Calvary;
they crowned him with a crown of thorns, red were his wounds and deep,
for those were crude and cruel days, and human flesh was cheap.

2 When Jesus came to live with us we simply passed him by,
we never hurt a hair of him, we only let him die;
for we had grown more tender, and we would not give him pain,
we only just passed down the street and left him in the rain.

3 Still Jesus cries, "Forgive them for they know not what they do,"
and still it rains the winter rain that drenches through and through;
the crowds go home and leave the streets without a soul to see,
and Jesus crouches 'gainst a wall and cries for Calvary.

Text Information
First Line: When Jesus came to Golgotha they hanged him on a tree
Title: When Jesus came to Golgotha
Author: Geoffrey Anketel Studdert-Kennedy (1883-1929)
Publication Date: 1997
Scripture: Matthew 27:27-45; Mark 15:16-39; Luke 23:26-49; John 19:17-37; Acts 10:39; Galatians 3:13
Topic: Hymns and Spiritual Songs: Lent, Holy Week, and Easter
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer: Alec Wyton (b. 1921)
Key: F Major
Copyright: © 1988 Roger Dean Publishing Company, a division of the Lorenz Corp., Dayton, OH. All rights reserved. Reproduced by permission - License #413702