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First Line: Like him, whilst friends and lovers slept
Last Line: Gethsemane!
Alternate Author Name(s): Betham, Mary Matilda; Edwards, Matilda B.; Edwards, B. M.
Subject(s): Jesus Christ

Like Him, whilst friends and lovers slept,
Have we not all heartbroken crept
Into thy shadows once and wept,

We knew not how the day had run,
We only knew that hope was gone,
And fain no more would greet the sun,

Our mothers slumbered in the tomb,
Love, though immortal, could not come
To cheer their children in thy gloom,

Not with us was our true helpmeet,
Who bore us sons and made life sweet,
And loved us with a love complete,

Not with us might the friend abide,
Who, ever trusty, ever tried,
Fought out truth's battle by our side,

We were alone. The world was still,
The breath of heaven seemed cold and chill,
We beat our breasts and wept our fill,

Prone on the ground our limbs were spread,
We wished it were our dying bed,
Since hope and joy and faith had fled,

But late there broke a little light
Into the darkness of the night,
And we were taught to pray aright,

Then Christ himself said, standing near,
"O fellow-mourners! have no fear,
I weep with thee, and God is here."

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