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About the Song

This song is part of the “I Stand All Amazed” cantata.

Church Music Submission: Song division–Award of Distinction 2009 (Solo)

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Gethsemane lay still and dark
Creation watched in silent awe
As Jesus suffered his Father’s will
To satisfy unyielding law

He knelt in earnest prayer alone
His friends, o’ercome with sorrow, slept
Beneath the burden of grief He groaned
Beneath the weight of sin He wept

And with his blood so freely spent
He bought my soul; He paid my debt
What work of love was wrought for me
In the stillness of Gethsemane

“This bitter cup wilt thou remove?
Yet not my will, but thine be done.”
Behold his anguish and weep anew
For love of Christ, the sinless one

With his wounds my own are healed
My every pain o’ercome in His
My shame, my weakness, my grief untold
Find ransom in his priceless gift

For with his blood so freely spent
He bought my soul; He paid my debt
What work of love was wrought for me
In the stillness of Gethsemane

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  1. Merrily Stringham

    As a Primary pianiust, I am required to practice and play this number for the children. Where can I finf=d the music? (I don’t have a printer so I cannot print out a copy from the computer. My home address is 7127 West 27th Street cheyenne, Wyoming 82001)

    • sallydeford

      I suspect it isn’t this particular song you’re after. This isn’t a children’s song. Sorry!

      • Debra Weeks

        Actually, the primary program this year is using this wonderful piece.

        • Sally DeFord

          There are quite a few songs with this name–I really don’t think this one lends itself to use by the Primary children. 🙂 The song in question is probably the children’s song by Melanie Hoffman: http://media.ldscdn.org/pdf/magazines/friend-march-2018/2018-03-22-gethsemane-eng.pdf

          • Deb Weeks

            After comparing the lyrics, you are right.
            The one we are using is much more designed for children.

  2. Chrys Alam

    Hi Sally! Can’t thank you enough for the gorgeous music and deep emotional connections you grace us with through your work. Each year at our Maundy Thursday solemn service, I sing “Gethsemane” during the service and then end with “His Tears Were Mine” in total darkness (minus my small booklight on my music from up in the choir loft). No more words. Only thoughts and feelings and resulting tears from the congregation as they exit in contemplation and silence. We all are filled with gratitude for you and the gift God bestowed upon you.

  3. Dayna

    I would love to hear a choir sing it! Our choir is going to sing it and it would be great to hear what it’s suppose to sound like. 😉

  4. alvin darantinao


    Hi I would like to thank you for this website.

    I sung gethsemane in our congregation

    I uploaded it in my youtube channel so someone may use it as guide too 🙂

    Thank you MS. Sally DeFord for you wonderful compositions

  5. Nathalie Ihalmo

    THANK YOU for this wonderful song and for whoever did the Finnish translation of this!! I live in Helsinki and Im gonna sing this song in sacrament meeting tomorrow.
    I love this song so much, but so many older people don’t speak English so this translation will definitely bring the spirit tomorrow. Its beautiful!!

  6. Joelle

    This is such a beautifully moving piece! I have sung it on Palm Sunday as we neared the end of our service and again on Maundy Thursday. So many people commented on how moved they were by the piece.
    Thank you so much for sharing your gift.

  7. Sandra

    Dear Sally,

    I have wanted to contact you for years. I was so glad to see this forum tonight. Some years ago, my husband was called to be a mission president in a European mission. At first, we were unable to buy sheet music, but it was expensive and all in another language. We needed music that was affordable (free is very affordable!) and in English. One of our missionaries introduced us to your site, and we were able to run off music for our very talented missionaries to sing, perform. Every time I ran off the sheet music, I felt a little guilty. I at least wanted to thank you. I couldn’t believe you were giving this music away. And it was so beautiful. One of our missionaries sang “Gethsemane” at Easter time, and everyone was in tears. I still love it. So, thank you very much. Your contribution to our mission was invaluable.

  8. Carol Fairbankws

    I would love to hear an SATB version of this song. My daughter sang it on her mission and suggested it for our choir.

  9. Joan

    Thank you! This song lyrically and musically is SO beautiful and powerful.

  10. Karen Duckworth

    What an amazing song. Thank you! This has brought the spirit instantly! I hope I can share the same spirit!


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