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The solemn feast was spent

The solemn feast was spent

Translator: John Brownlie
Published in 1 hymnal

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The solemn feast was spent,
And night had spread her pall,
When Christ with His disciples went
Beyond the city wall;
And in the dark He led the way,
Towards the lone Gethsemane.

He took His chosen three,
And bowed with grief He saith,
"Abide ye here, and watch with me,
I sorrow unto death";
Then, moving forward still a pace,
He fell in prayer upon His face.

Ah, ill their watch they keep,
For soon their eyelids close,
And when their Lord returned, in sleep
Those weary men repose;
"Awake," He said, "make prayerful call,
Lest ye before the tempter fall."

Thrice did the Master pray,
That God His Son would save;
But heaven in silence turned away,
And earth no comfort gave;
And still the worn disciples slept
While Christ alone the vigil kept.

O soul of mine, awake!
Cast off thy careless sleep;
To God Thy prayer for succour make
And earnest vigil keep;
And learn, whate'er His will may be,
To do that will is best for thee.

Translator: John Brownlie

Brownlie, John, was born at Glasgow, Aug. 6, 1859, and was educated at Glasgow University, and at the Free Church College in the same city. In 1884 he was licensed by the Presbytery of Glasgow; in 1885 he became Assistant Minister of the Free Church, Portpatrick, and on the death of the Senior Minister in 1890 he entered upon the full charge of the Church there. He has interested himself in educational matters, became a Member of the local School Board in 1888, a governor of Stranraer High School in 1897, and Chairman of the governors in 1901. His hymnological works are:— 1. The Hymns and Hymnwriters of the [Scottish] Church Hymnary, 1899. This is a biographical, historical, and critical companion to that hymnal, and is well done and… Go to person page >

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First Line: The solemn feast was spent
Translator: John Brownlie
Language: English