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 >
Around the throne of grace we meet. J. Montgomery. [Divine Worship.] This hymn seems from its character and construction to have been written for one of the great Whitsuntide gatherings of Sunday School children in Sheffield, or for an occasion of a somewhat similar kind. No record, however, is found amongst the "Montgomery Manuscript," and we trace its first publication to his Original Hymns, 1853, No. 323, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, with the title, "Unity in Faith, Hope, and Feeling." Its use is limited.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)