Jesus, while he dwelt below,
As divine historians say,
To a place would often go,
Near to Kedron’s brook that lay:
In this place he loved to be,
And ’twas named Gethsemane.
’Twas a garden, as we read,
At the foot of Olivet,
Low and proper to be made
The Redeemer’s lone retreat:
When from noise he would be free,
Then he sought Gethsemane.
Thither, by their Master brought,
His disciples likewise came;
There the heavenly truths he taught
Often set their hearts on flame:
Therefore they, as well as he,
Oft conversing here they sat;
Or might join with Christ in prayer;
O, what blest devotion that,
When the Lord himself is there!
All things there did so agree
To endear Gethsemane.
Full of love to man’s lost race,
On the conflict much he thought;
This he knew the destined place,
And he loved the sacred spot:
Therefore Jesus chose to be
Often in Gethsemane.
Jesus, while He dwelt below. J. Hart [Passiontide.] A descriptive hymn of great power on The Passion of Our Lord. It was published in Hart's Hymns, &c, 1759, No. 75, in 23 stanzas of 6 lines, and headed "Jesus ofttimes resorted thither with His disciples," John xviii. 2. The following centos have been compiled therefrom:—
1. “Jesus, whilst He dwelt below." Pt. i.
“Full of love to man's lost race." Pt. ii.
"There my God bore all my guilt." Pt. iii.
These centos were given in Snepp's Songs of Grace & Glory, 1872, No. 230.
2. "Jesus, while He dwelt below." Pt. i.
"Eden from each flowery bed." Pt. ii.
These were given in the Scottish Evangelical Union Hymnal, 1878, No. 34, and others.
3. "Comes once more the awful night."
In the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Church Hymns, 1871, this is very much altered from the original.
4. “Comes again the dreadful night."
In Whiting's Hymns for the Church Catholic, 1882. Also altered from Hart.
Through these various centos great use is made of this hymn.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Instances (1 - 25 of 25)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #452||The Garden of Gethsemane||Jesus, while he dwelt below||Grant||7s. M.||1866|
|A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion. (10th ed.) #452||Jesus, while he dwelt below||Grant||1848|
|A Collection of Evangelical Hymns #d91||Jesus, while he dwelt below||Joseph Hart||1793|
|A Collection of Hymns for the use of Christians #M.XX||Jesus, while he dwelt below||1804|
|A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d127||Jesus, while he dwelt below||Joseph Hart||1826|
|A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs: designed (especially the former part) for the use of congregations as an appendix to Dr. Watt's Psalms and Hymn #S.CXXXII||Jesus, while he dwelt below||Hart||1809|
|A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs: in two parts, part I. containing the hymns; part II. containing the songs...(3rd ed. corr. and enl. by author) #S.CXXXII||Jesus, while he dwelt below||Hart||1817|
|Elim; or Hymns of Holy Refreshment #d57||Gethsemane||Jesus, while he dwelt below||Joseph Hart||1866|
|General Collection of Hymns, Original and Selected, for Use of Christians #d169||Jesus, while he dwelt below||Joseph Hart||1826|
|Hymns of the Higher Life #171||Jesus, while he dwelt below||Joseph Hart||1868|
|Hymns, Original and Selected, for the Use of Christians. (5th ed. corr.) #90||Jesus, while he dwelt below||Joseph Hart||1812|
|Hymns, Original and Selected, for the use of Christians #d128||Jesus, while he dwelt below||Joseph Hart||1805|
|Hymns, Original and Selected, for the Use of Christians. 8th ed. #d140||Jesus, while he dwelt below||Joseph Hart||1817|
|Hymns: composed on various subjects (4th ed., Rev. and Corr.) #72||Jesus, while he dwelt below||1822|
|Laudes Domini: a selection of spiritual songs ancient and modern #402||Jesus, while he dwelt below||Joseph Hart||1884|
|The Camp-Meeting Chorister: or, a collection of hymns and spiritual songs, for the pious of all denominations. To be sung at camp meetings, during revivals of religion, and on other occasions #257||Jesus, while he dwelt below||1844|
|The Halifax Selection of Hymns: intended as a Supplement to Dr. Watts' Psalms and Hymns #d236||Jesus, while he dwelt below||Joseph Hart||1834|
|The Harp: being a collection of hymns and spiritual songs, adapted to all purposes of social and religious worship #190||Jesus, while he dwelt below||1840|
|The Lecture-Room Hymn-Book: containing the psalms and hymns of the book of common prayer, together with a choice selection of additional hymns, and an appendix of chants and tunes... #H278||Jesus, while he dwelt below||1855|
|The Sacred Songster. 5th ed. #d97||Jesus, while he dwelt below||Joseph Hart||1825|
|The Sweet Singer of Israel: a collection of hymns and spiritual songs, usually sung at camp, prayer, and social meetings, and revivals of religion (New ed. much enlarged) #260||Jesus, while he dwelt below||Joseph Hart||1840|
|The Zion Songster: a Collection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs, generally sung at camp and prayer meetings, and in revivals of religion (Rev. & corr.) #89||Jesus, while he dwelt below||1850|
|The Zion Songster: a Collection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Generally Sung at Camp and Prayer Meetings, and in Revivals or Religion (95th ed.) #89||Jesus, while he dwelt below||Joseph Hart||1854|
|Zion's Songster: or, a collection of hymns and spiritual songs, usually sung at camp-meetings, and also in revivals of religion. (10th ed., imp. and enl.) #32||Jesus, while he dwelt below||Joseph Hart||1840|
|Zion's Songster; or a Collection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Usually Sung at Camp Meetings, and Also in Revivals of Religion #d125||Jesus, while he dwelt below||Joseph Hart||1827|