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All hearts are open to Thy view

All hearts are open to Thy view

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 1 hymnal

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All hearts are open to Thy view,
All things are naked in Thy sight;
Now may the Eye that looks us through,
Show us ourselves in its pure light.

Then, while with awe we look to Thee,
The High, the Holy One, the Just,
With self-abhorrence, Lord, may we
Repent in ashes and in dust.

But, lest we perish in Thine ire,
--For woe are we, unclean, undone!
Our God is a consuming fire,--
May we behold Thee through Thy Son.

In Him love, merct, truth, and grace,
The fulness of the Godhead dwells;
And the bright shining of His face
Darkness, and doubt, and fear dispels.

So be it:--round Thy throne we meet,
With faith and hope, in self-despair,
To pour our souls Out at Thy feet;
Hear us, O Thou that hearest prayer!

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: All hearts are open to Thy view
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English