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Thy throne, O God, in righteousness

Thy throne, O God, in righteousness

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 4 hymnals

Full Text

Thy throne, O God, in righteousness,
For ever shall endure;
We bow before it; deign to bless
The children of the poor.

Thy wisdom fix'd our lowly birth,
Yet we Thy goodness share;
Still make us while we dwell on earth,
The children of Thy care.

Strangers to Thee, though Thine by name,
We hear Thy welcome voice,
And gather'd from the world, became
The children of Thy choice.

Thou art our Shepherd;--glorious God,
Thy little flock behold;
And guide us by Thy staff and rod,--
The children of Thy fold.

We praise Thy Name that we were brought
To this delightful place,
Where we are watch'd, and warn'd, and taught,--
The children of Thy grace.

O may our friends, Thy servants here,
Meet all our souls above,
And they and we in heaven appear,
The children of Thy love!

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: Thy throne, O God, in righteousness
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English


Thy throne, O God, in righteousness. J. Montgomery. [For Schools.] The earliest work in which this hymn has been found is Select Portions of Psalms from the New Version, Hymns and Anthems, &c, compiled by the Rev. Dr. Sutton, Vicar of Sheffield, for use in that Parish Church, circa 1815, 2nd edition, 1816, No. 103. From thence it passed into Cotterill's Selection, 1819; Montgomery's Christian Psalmist, 1825, No. 542; and his Original Hymns, 1853, No. 343. Among modern collections it is found in the Methodist Sunday School Hymn Book, 1879; Major's Book of Praise, &c.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)