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Gethsemane

This is a hymn for Holy/Maundy Thursday, telling the story of the Agony in the Garden and arrest of Jesus, based on the Gospel of Mark.

The vocal parts are emulated by the Plogue “Alter/Ego” real-time singing synthesizer.

Words and Music are copyright © 2019 Steven K. Sanford.

Gethsemane

Stay here while I pray, do not slumber
I am deeply grieved, e’en to death.
Stay here, keep awake, pray you will not
come into the time of the trial.

Stay here with Me, stay here with Me.

Abba, Father, can this hour pass Me?
Take this cup from Me, I’m distressed.
All for You can be, yet You ask Me.
Not My will be done, but Your will be.

Stay here with Me, stay here with Me.

Simon Peter are you asleep now?
You can’t stay awake for one hour?
Keep alert and pray, for the spirit
willing is, but yet is the flesh weak.

Stay here with Me, stay here with Me.

He went off and prayed to the Father.
Peter, James, and John fell asleep.
Heavy were their eyes, they were dumbstruck,
when the Lord returned to arouse them.

Stay here with Me, stay here with Me.

Do you take your rest, are you sleeping?
Now has come the hour, I’m betrayed.
Son of Man is giv’n to the sinners.
Now at hand you see My betrayer.

Stay here with Me, stay here with Me.

Judas came to Jesus and kissed Him.
Armed with clubs and swords, they laid hands
on the One that Judas called Rabbi.
They arrested Him like a bandit.

Stay here with Me, stay here with Me.

Daily did I teach in the temple.
I was there, but you did not seek
to arrest me then, yet you come here.
Scripture’s now fulfilled, all have fled Me.

Stay here with Me, stay here with Me.

(updated 8 July 2019)

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