James Montgomery (4 November 1771 – 30 April 1854 / Irvine in Ayrshire)
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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- A Cry from South Africa
- A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief
- A Sweet Landscape
- All ye nations, praise the Lord,
- Almighty Spirit, Now Behold
- An Indian Mother About to Destroy Her Ch...
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- Father of light, and life, and love!
- For ever with the Lord!
- Hail to the Lord's Anointed
- How precious are thy thoughts of peace
- In the Hour of Trial
- Inscription under the Picture of an Aged...
Quotationsmore quotations »
''Yet nightly pitch my moving tent,James Montgomery (1771-1854), British poet. At Home in Heaven.
A day's march nearer home.''
''Stand up and bless the Lord,James Montgomery (1771-1854), renewer of the Old Church of the Brethren and hymn-writer. "Exhortation to Praise and Thanksgiving," l. 1-4 (1824).
Ye children of His choice;
Stand up, and bless the Lord your God
With heart, and soul, and voice.''
''Journey to Gethsemane, go and feel the tempter's power;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...
Your Redeemer's conflict see, watch the anguish of this hour;
Do not hide or turn away: learn from Jesus how to pray.''
''Be known to us in breaking bread,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).
But do not then depart;
Saviour, abide with us, and spread
Thy table in our heart.''