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THRONED UPON THE AWFUL TREE

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Throned upon the awful tree, King of grief, I watch with thee.

Songbook: Trinity Psalter Hymnal 2018

Page Number: 345

Song Key: G minor

Language: English

Authors: John Ellerton, 1875

Tune Name: AFRON

Themes: Christ's passion and atoning death

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1. Throned upon the awful tree,
King of grief, I watch with thee.
Darkness veils thine anguished face:
none its lines of woe can trace:
none can tell what pangs unknown
hold thee silent and alone.

2. Silent through those three dread hours,
wrestling with the evil pow’rs,
left alone with human sin,
gloom around thee and within,
’til th’appointed time is nigh,
’til the Lamb of God may die.

3. Hark, that cry that peals aloud
upward thro’ the whelming cloud!
Thou, the Father’s only Son,
thou, his own Anointed One,
thou dost ask him—can it be?—
“Why hast thou forsaken me?”

4. Lord, should fear and anguish roll
darkly o’er my sinful soul,
thou, who once wast thus bereft
that thine own might ne’er be left,
teach me by that bitter cry
in the gloom to know thee nigh.