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 >
And did the Son of God appear. J. Montgomery. [Christ our Pattern.] This hymn was written for J. H. Gurney's Collection of Hymns, Lutterworth, 1838, No. 7. Respecting it Gurney says in the Preface, "One hymn, No. 7, in this collection, written upon a subject suggested to him [Montgomery] by the Editor, has never before been published." This hymn was repeated in the Mary-le-bone Psalms & Hymns, 1851, and in Montgomery's Original Hymns, 1853, No. 126, in 6 stanza of 4 lines. The title is "Christ Jesus our Pattern in doing and suffering."