Jesus, while he dwelt below

Jesus, while he dwelt below

Author: Joseph Hart
Published in 25 hymnals

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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,
Visited Gethsemane.

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.

Source: A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #452

Author: Joseph Hart

Hart, Joseph, was born in London in 1712. His early life is involved in obscurity. His education was fairly good; and from the testimony of his brother-in-law, and successor in the ministry in Jewin Street, the Rev. John Hughes, "his civil calling was" for some time "that of a teacher of the learned languages." His early life, according to his own Experience which he prefaced to his Hymns, was a curious mixture of loose conduct, serious conviction of sin, and endeavours after amendment of life, and not until Whitsuntide, 1757, did he realize a permanent change, which was brought about mainly through his attending divine service at the Moravian Chapel, in Fetter Lane, London, and hearing a sermon on Rev. iii. 10. During the next two years ma… Go to person page >

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Author: Joseph Hart


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)



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