All hearts to Thee are open here

All hearts to Thee are open here

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 1 hymnal

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All hearts to Thee are open here;
All our desires are known;
And we are that which we appear
To Thee, good Lord, alone.

No eye of man can penetrate,
Another's secret mind,
Nor well discern his own estate,
Naked, and poor, and blind.

The entrance of Thy word gives light:
Let it so shine within,
That each may tremble at the sight
Of his unbosom'd sin.

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With godly sorrow make him grieve,
Till hope spring out of grief,
And,cry with tears, "Lord, I believe,
Help Thou mine unbelief."

Ah! then reveal Thy pard'ning love,
To young, to old, to all,
And raise Thy banish'd ones above
The misery of their fall.

As sinners to Thy house we came:
As saints may we depart,
In humbler, holier, happier frame
Of soul, and mind, and heart.

Sacred Poems and Hymns

Author: James Montgomery

James Montgomery (b. Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland, 1771; d. Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, 1854), the son of Moravian parents who died on a West Indies mission field while he was in boarding school, Montgomery inherited a strong religious bent, a passion for missions, and an independent mind. He was editor of the Sheffield Iris (1796-1827), a newspaper that sometimes espoused radical causes. Montgomery was imprisoned briefly when he printed a song that celebrated the fall of the Bastille and again when he described a riot in Sheffield that reflected unfavorably on a military commander. He also protested against slavery, the lot of boy chimney sweeps, and lotteries. Associated with Christians of various persuasions, Montgomery supported missio… Go to person page >

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First Line: All hearts to Thee are open here
Author: James Montgomery
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English

Notes

All hearts to Thee are open here. J. Montgomery. [Divine Worship.] Written for the special annual service of the Red Hill Sunday School, Sheffield, held May 12, 1837, and printed on a fly-leaf for the occasion. [M. MSS.] It was included in Montgomery's Original Hymns, 1853, No. 116, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines. In J. H. Thom's Hymns, 1858, st. v. is omitted.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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