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Now from the garden to the cross

Now from the garden to the cross

Author: Joseph Hart
Tune: OKEEFENOKEE
Published in 15 hymnals

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1 Now from the garden to the cross,
Let us attend the Lamb of God.
Be all things else accounted dross,
Compared with sin atoning nlood.

2 See, how the patient Jesus stands,
Insulted in his lowest case:
Sinners have bound the Almighty's hands;
And spit in their Creator's face.

3 With thorns his temples gored and gashed,
Send streams of blood from every part.
His back's with knotted scourges lashed:
But sharper scourges tear his heart.

4 Nailed naked to the accursed wood;
Exposed to earth, and heaven above,
A spectacle of wounds and blood;
A prodigy of injured love!

5 Hear how his doleful cries affright
Affected angels, while they view.
His friends forsook him in the night;
And now his God forsakes him too.

6 O what a field of battle's here!
Vengeance and love their powers oppose:
Never was such a mighty pair;
Never were two such desperate foes.

7 Behold that pale, that languid face,
That drooping head, those cold dead eyes!
Behold, in sorrow and disgrace,
Our conquering Hero hangs and dies!

8 Ye that assume his sacred name,
Now tell me, what can all this mean?
What was it bruised God's harmless Lamb!
What was it pierced his soul, but sin?

9 Blush, Christian, blush; let shame abound,
If sin affects thee not with woe,
Whatever spirit's in thee found,
Christ's Spirit thou didst never know.

The Christian's duty, exhibited in a series of hymns, 1791

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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First Line: Now from the garden to the cross
Author: Joseph Hart
Language: English

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