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A child of man, a child of God

A child of man, a child of God

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 1 hymnal

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A child of man, a child of God,
How wide their states must be!
Beneath His sceptre or His rod,
His wrath or clemency.

Children of Adam, Adam's fall
From primal innocence,
Brought guilt and judgment on us all,
Entail'd through one offence.

Train'd in His image from our birth,
We sinn'd, ourselves, and fell,
Like him, from heirs of heaven on earth,
To heirs of death and hell.

Transgressors while we thus remain,
In our own blood we lie;
We must be born, be born again,
Or die, for ever die.

A child of man, a child of God,
How can such union be?
A worm created from a clod,
Allied to Deity!

Lo! love divine, for man undone,
Devised the wondrous plan,
The Son of God, God's only Son,
Became the Son of man.

Our path of life and death He trod,
That we like Him might be,
Though sons of men, the sons of God,
Through His humanity.

All glory to the Father's love,
Who spared not His Son,
Aud sent His Spirit from above,
To seal what Christ had done.

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: A child of man, a child of God
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English