The night was dark; the watchers slept

Author: E. L. Thompson
Tune: [The night was dark; the watchers slept]
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1 The night was dark; the watchers slept,
But angels still their vigils kept,
And thro’ the silent midnight air
They heard the Saviour’s voice in prayer.

“Let not my will, but Thine be done;”
The Father’s will and His were one;
He drank the bitter cup for me,
At midnight in Gethsemane!

2 “Let this cup pass, if it may be,
Let this cup pass away from me;
Nevertheless, Thy will be done:”
Thus prayed the well-beloved Son. [Refrain]

3 What can it be, what can it be—
The meaning of Gethsemane?
Twelve legion angels hover round
That prostrate form upon the ground! [Refrain]

4 I may not solve the Mystery—
The meaning of Gethsemane?
But now His love abides within;
I know, I know He saves from sin! [Refrain]

Source: Alexander's Hymns No. 3 #196

Author: E. L. Thompson

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First Line: The night was dark; the watchers slept
Title: Gethsemane
Author: E. L. Thompson
Refrain First Line: “Let not my will, but Thine be done”
Publication Date: 1915
Copyright: Public Domain


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Alexander's Hymns No. 3 #196

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