“‘Tis Midnight”

As you know, I am posting hymns in the order in which they appear in my hymnals. At first, this hymn seemed oddly inappropriate for Christmas Day. Then, it came to me; what could be more appropriate? Is Jesus not the King Who came to die that we might live in Him? Christmas would have been useless had it not been followed by Easter. Praise be to Christ, Who came to earth knowing the price He would pay for our salvation! Merry Christmas!

Verse 1:
‘Tis midnight; and on Olive’s brow
The star is dimm’d that lately shone;
‘Tis midnight; in the garden now
The suff’ring Saviour prays alone.

Verse 2:
‘Tis midnight; and from all remov’d,
The Saviour wrestles lone with fears;
Ev’n that disciple whom He lov’d
Heeds not his Master’s grief and tears.

Verse 3:
‘Tis midnight; and for others’ guilt,
The Man of sorrow weeps in blood;
Yet He, who hath in anguish knelt,
Is not forsaken by His God.

Wm.B. Tappan/Virgil C. Taylor

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