James Montgomery

(4 November 1771 – 30 April 1854 / Irvine in Ayrshire)

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James Montgomery was a British editor, hymnwriter and poet. He was particularly associated with humanitarian causes such as the campaigns to abolish slavery and to end the exploitation of child chimney sweeps.

Early Life and Poetry

Montgomery was born at Irvine in Ayrshire, the son of a pastor and missionary of the Moravian Brethren. He was sent to be trained for the ministry at the Moravian School at Fulneck, near Leeds, while his parents left for the West Indies, where both died within a year of each other. At Fulneck, secular studies were banned, but James nevertheless found means of borrowing and reading a good deal of poetry and made ambitious plans to write... more »

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  • ''Yet nightly pitch my moving tent,
    A day's march nearer home.''
    James Montgomery (1771-1854), British poet. At Home in Heaven.
  • ''Stand up and bless the Lord,
    Ye children of His choice;
    Stand up, and bless the Lord your God
    With heart, and soul, and voice.''
    James Montgomery (1771-1854), renewer of the Old Church of the Brethren and hymn-writer. "Exhortation to Praise and Thanksgiving," l. 1-4 (1824).
  • ''Journey to Gethsemane, go and feel the tempter's power;
    Your Redeemer's conflict see, watch the anguish of this hour;
    Do not hide or turn away: learn from Jesus how to pray.''
    James Montgomery (1771-1854), renewer of the Old Church of the Brethren and hymn-writer. New Century Hymnal (1995). "Journey to Gethsemane," l. 1-4 (1...
  • ''Be known to us in breaking bread,
    But do not then depart;
    Saviour, abide with us, and spread
    Thy table in our heart.''
    James Montgomery (1771-1854), renewer of the Old Church of the Brethren and hymn-writer. "The Family Table," l. 9-13, The Christian Psalmist (1825).
  • ''God is my strong salvation,
    What foe have I to fear?
    In darkness and temptation,
    My light, my help is near;''
    James Montgomery (1771-1854), renewer of the Old Church of the Brethren and hymn-writer. "Trust in the Lord," l. 1-4.
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