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That Pathway! O Let It Be Treasured

by Mrs. H. A. Berg

Tune: Rachel

Tune: Rachel

1 THAT pathway! O let it be treasured,
For none ever trod it before.
Those steps of aloneness unmeasured!
Our spirits must pause, and adore.

2 None, none had been laid in that manger,
And none had been laid in that grave
But Jesus, the heavenly Stranger
Who came wayward sinners to save.

3 Alone --- in the hall of decision,
His judgment was taken away:
Alone --- on the cross of derision,
Of darkness, distress and dismay.

4 Alone --- apprehended and taken,
While lovers forsook Him and fled.
Alone --- and completely forsaken,
God's judgment was poured on His head.

5 And yet 'twas for us He endured it;
Alone in perfection was He:
Our blessing --- He only secured it,
By dying alone on the tree.

6 Lord, Thou art no longer deserted!
The Father is sharing His throne
With Thee, who our judgment endured
That we might be never alone.

7 O love unsurpassed and unbounded!
O love that will ever endure
Until in the glory surrounded
With those Thou hast died to secure.

Nick Fleet said ...

The Grove City singing is a bit too fast for the sentiments of this hymn, in my opinion. Would be OK for the last two verses, though. The tune 'RUSSIAN AIR' suits this hymn very well.

Friday, May 18, 2018 : 06:02
Gabriele said ...
Mrs. H. A. Berg is a Doris Markman. Does anyone know anything about her or her husband? She also wrote "Father of glory, Thine is now the praise", "Nought is detaining us", and "Lord, though Thy saints be laid to rest". Thank you!
Tuesday, Feb 5, 2019 : 17:44
Timothy said ...

I think the name is Markham not Markman. According to Edwin O.P. Mutton, History of the Little Flock Hymn book (ed W.S. Chellberg; Wheaton IL, 2018), Doris Markham was from Cranford, NJ and married Henry A Berg who was also from New Jersey.  She helped G H S Price in the 1962 hymn book revision. Timothy Stunt 

Tuesday, Feb 5, 2019 : 21:56
Gabriele said ...

Thank you, Mr. Stunt!

Saturday, Mar 21, 2020 : 18:21
Nick Fleet said ...

Gabriele, I can add that Doris Markham (1914-2011) was the grandaughter of Frank Lock. Her hymn, "Father of glory, Thine is now the praise" is very good and the tune 'Shiloah' that was composed for it was by her first cousin Dorothea Margaret Markham (1916-2013).

Wednesday, Mar 16, 2022 : 01:44
Gregory Morris said ...
Father of Glory, Thine is now the praise is one of the best hymns in our tradition. It combines worship with rich theology. The notion that God can be enriched is absurd yet it is also true
Wednesday, Sep 6, 2023 : 16:02

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