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Is this the day that gave me birth?

Is this the day that gave me birth?

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 1 hymnal

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Is this the day that gave me birth?
Returning year by year,
Still as a stranger on the earth,
It finds and leaves me here.

But oh! the day, the day draws nigh,
When I must hence depart,
Leave all things pleasant to the eye,
Or precious to the heart.

Where shall my naked spirit then,
Flee at my latest breath?
Alas! I must be born again,
Or die a deadlier death.

While everlasting ages roll
Without a change away,
My ransom'd or my ruin'd soul,
Shall bless or curse this day.

Lord Jesus, who Thyself was born
To live and die for me,
Thy doctrine may my life adorn,
Death take me home to Thee.

Sacred Poems and Hymns

Author: James Montgomery

Montgomery, James, son of John Montgomery, a Moravian minister, was born at Irvine, Ayrshire, Nov. 4, 1771. In 1776 he removed with his parents to the Moravian Settlement at Gracehill, near Ballymena, county of Antrim. Two years after he was sent to the Fulneck Seminary, Yorkshire. He left Fulneck in 1787, and entered a retail shop at Mirfield, near Wakefield. Soon tiring of that he entered upon a similar situation at Wath, near Rotherham, only to find it quite as unsuitable to his taste as the former. A journey to London, with the hope of finding a publisher for his youthful poems ended in failure; and in 1792 he was glad to leave Wath for Shefield to join Mr. Gales, an auctioneer, bookseller, and printer of the Sheffield Register newspap… Go to person page >

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First Line: Is this the day that gave me birth?
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English