1. Darkly rose the guilty morning,
When, the King of glory scorning,
Raged the fierce Jerusalem;
See the Christ, His cross upbearing,
See Him stricken, spit on, wearing
The thorn-plated diadem.
2. Not the crowd whose cries assailed Him,
Nor the hands that rudely nailed Him,
Slew Him on the cursèd tree;
Ours the sin from Heav’n that called Him,
Ours the sin whose burden galled Him
In the sad Gethsemane.
3. For our sins, of glory emptied,
He was fasting, lone, and tempted,
He was slain on Calvary;
Yet He for His murderers pleaded;
Lord, by us that prayer is needed,
We have pierced, yet trust in Thee.
4. In our wealth and tribulation,
By Thy precious cross and passion,
By Thy blood and agony,
By Thy glorious resurrection,
By Thy Holy Ghost’s protection,
Make us Thine eternally.
Anstice, Joseph , M.A., son of William Anstice of Madeley, Shropshire, born 1808, and educated at Enmore, near Bridgwater, Westminster, and Ch. Church, Oxford, where he gained two English prizes and graduated as a double-first. Subsequently, at the ago of 22, he became Professor of Classical Literature at King's College, London; died at Torquay, Feb. 29, 1836, aged 28. His works include Richard Coeur de Lion, a prize poem, 1828; The Influence of the Roman Conquest upon Literature and the Arts in Rome (Oxford prize Essay); Selections from the Choice Poetry of the Greek Dramatic Writers, translated into English Verse, 1832, &c. His hymns were printed a few months after his death, as:— Hymns by the late Joseph Anstice, M.A., formerly Student… Go to person page >
Darkly rose the guilty morning. J. Anstice. [Good Friday.] Appeared in Hymns by J. Anstice., M.A., 1836, p. 24, in 4 stanzas of 6 lines. In 1841 it was included in The Child’s Christian Year, and repeated in the Leeds Hymn Book, 1853, the 1874 Supplement to the New Congregational Hymn Book, and others, with stanza i. l. 6, "thorn-plaited," for "thorn-platted"; and stanza ii., l. 6, "sad Gethsemane" for "green Gethsemane." In 1858 it was rewritten by the Rev. J. Ellerton, for a class of Sunday school children, and given in his Hymns for Sunday Schools & Bible Classes, Brighton, 1858, as, "Now returns the awful morning." This was again rewritten for Church Hymns, 1871. Of this arrangement stanzas ii. and iv. are by Mr. Anstice, and i., ii., v. are by Mr. Ellerton.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)