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Gethsemane

Full Text

Jesus in Gethsemane
Bowed with mortal strife I see:
Conscience stings me, for I know
'Twas my sin constrained Him so:
All that weight of agony
God's Son underwent for me.

Lo! my sin doth heavier lie
E'en than earth and sea and sky:
Jesus in His Father's name
Bears this universal frame;
Yet the Word of God falls low,
When He bears sin's weight of woe.

Thus Thou givest me, Lord, Thy peace;
Comfort which can never cease:
Greater that paid ransom's worth
Unto God than heaven and earth:
By Thine agony I win
Certain pardon for my sin.

Author: H. Petursson

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Translator: Charles Venn Pilcher

Pilcher, Charles Venn. (Oxford, June 4, 1879--July 4, 1961, Sydney, Australia). Anglican. Grandnephew of Charlotte Elliott. Hertford College, Oxford, B.A., 1902; M.A., 1905; B.D., 1909; D.D., 1921. Curacies at Birmingham, 1903-1905; St. James, Toronto, 1910-1916; taught theology at Auckland Castle, England, 1905-1906, and at Wycliffe College, Toronto, 1916-1936. Elected coadjutor bishop of Sydney, Australia, at the instance of a former Wycliffe colleague, Archbishop Mowll. He composed hymn tunes and other music, and long played bass clarinet in the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Also, he translated and published much devotional material from Iceland, notably Iceland Christian Classics (1950). These side interests, like his hymn writing, merely… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Jesus in Gethsemane
Title: Gethsemane
Author: H. Petursson
Translator: Charles Venn Pilcher
Meter: 7.7.7.7.7.7
Language: English
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