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Angels, the firstborn sons of light

Angels, the firstborn sons of light

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 1 hymnal

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Angels, the firstborn sons of light,
Since from their glorious seats they fell,
Are outcasts in eternal night;
There is no gospel preach'd in hell.

Man, when beguiled from innocence,
Saw death and judgment come on all;
But Jesus died for his offence,
To raise us higher than our fall.

Angels, who kept their first estate,
Who sinn'd not, knew not guilt or woe,
In bliss beyond expression great,
The bliss of pardon cannot know.

We, born in sorrow and in sin,
Yet by a new and living way
To Paradise again brought in,--
May taste of sweeter joys than they,

Oh! through Eternity to trace
How much, how much hath been forgiven,
The riches of redeeming grace,
That, that must be the heaven of heaven.

Lord Jesus Christ, who, for our sake,
Wert pleased a child like us to be,
Of every soul possession take,
And new-create us all like Thee.

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: Angels, the firstborn sons of light
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English