1 When Jesus came to Golgotha they hanged him on a tree,
they drove great nails through hands and feet, and made a Calvary;
they crowned him with a crown of thorns, red were his wounds and deep,
for those were crude and cruel days, and human flesh was cheap.
2 When Jesus came to live with us we simply passed him by,
we never hurt a hair of him, we only let him die;
for we had grown more tender, and we would not give him pain,
we only just passed down the street and left him in the rain.
3 Still Jesus cries, "Forgive them for they know not what they do,"
and still it rains the winter rain that drenches through and through;
the crowds go home and leave the streets without a soul to see,
and Jesus crouches 'gainst a wall and cries for Calvary.
Born with Irish heritage to the vicarage in a deprived parish in Leeds. Studdert Kennedy got into Trinity College Dublin at the age of 14, though poverty meant he did not attend until later, graduating with a First Class degree. He was a popular teacher at Calday Grange Grammar School on the Wirral Peninsula before entering the Anglican Ministry; ordained in Worcester Cathedral in 1908 and married in 1914. He worked in deprived parishes: in Rugby, with his Father in Leeds and St Paul's in Worcester. He was known for his forgetfulness, his generosity (he famously gave away the marital bed to an old lady in need recruiting his wife to help carry the mattress) and his plain speaking.
He became a military chaplain (AKA the Padre) in 1915. He… Go to person page >
Display Title: When Jesus came to GolgothaFirst Line: When Jesus came to Golgotha they hanged him on a treeTune Title: INDIFFERENCEAuthor: Geoffrey Anketel Studdert-Kennedy (1883-1929)Meter: 220.127.116.11Scripture: Matthew 27:27-45; Mark 15:16-39; Luke 23:26-49; John 19:17-37; Acts 10:39; Galatians 3:13Date: 1997Subject: Hymns and Spiritual Songs | Lent, Holy Week, and Easter