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 >
All ye Gentiles, praise the Lord. J. Montgomery. [Ps. cxvii.] First published in his Songs of Zion, 1822, in 3 stanzas of 4 lines, and again in his Original Hymns, 1853, p. 91, where it is entitled, "Exhortation to Universal Praise and Thanksgiving." It is sometimes given as:—"All ye nations, praise the Lord,” in both English and American hymnals. It was introduced into congregational use at an early date, and has attained to a fair position.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
Display Title: All Ye Nations, Praise The LordFirst Line: All ye nations, praise the LordTune Title: WINFIELDAuthor: James MontgomeryMeter: 77.77Source: Songs of Zion, 1822, alt. Original first line: "All ye Gentiles, praise the Lord"