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Olive's Brow

Representative Text

1 ’Tis midnight, and on Olive’s brow
the star is dimmed that lately shone;
’tis midnight; in the garden now
the suff'ring Savior prays alone.

2 ’Tis midnight, and, from all removed,
Emmanuel wrestles lone with fears:
e’en the disciple that He loved
heeds not his Master’s grief and tears.

3 ’Tis midnight, and, for others’ guilt,
the Man of Sorrows weeps in blood;
yet He that hath in anguish knelt
is not forsaken by His God.

4 ’Tis midnight; and from heav'nly plains
is borne the song that angels know;
unheard by mortals are the strains
that sweetly soothe the Savior’s woe.

Source: Psalms and Hymns to the Living God #274

Author: William B. Tappan

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Text Information

First Line: 'Tis midnight; and on Olive's brow
Title: Olive's Brow
Author: William B. Tappan (1822)
Language: English
Notes: Spanish translation: See "Es medianoche y el fulgor" by Angel Mergal and Federico Pagura
Copyright: Public Domain



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