Composed by: Henry Purcell

from Dido & Aeneas, When I am Laid in Earth
lyrics, William K. Brehm
text adaptation, Loretta Giles

Accompaniment Tracks for:
Medium-High Voice (key: Fm)
Medium-Low Voice (key: Dm)

“Father, hear my prayer; let this cup pass from me in my despair.”
(Matthew 26: 31-46)
“Gethsemane” takes its heartrending theme from the words of Jesus as He contemplates His death on the cross.  In the lyric He pleads with this friends to “watch with him”, but of course they do not; instead they abandon Him to his sorrow and loneliness. It is a “Maundy Thursday” piece, but applicable whenever one is pondering the Lord’s agony as His end nears.
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