Ask, and ye shall receive

Ask, and ye shall receive, On this my hope I build

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 9 hymnals

Representative Text

Ask, and ye shall receive;
On this my hope I build:
I ask forgiveness, and believe
My prayer shall be fulfill'd.

Seek, and expect to find:
Wounded to death in soul,
I seek the Saviour of mankind;
His touch can make me whole.

Knock, and with patience wait,
Faith shall free entrance win:
I stand and knock at mercy's gate;
Lord Jesus! let me in.

How should I ask in vain?
Seek, and not find Thee, Lord?
Knock, and yet no admittance gain?
Is it not in Thy word?

Time, ruin, change, decay,
The lines can never blot,
Though heaven and earth shall pass away,
Thy Word, O God! shall not.

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 >

Text Information

First Line: Ask, and ye shall receive, On this my hope I build
Title: Ask, and ye shall receive
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English


Ask, and ye shall receive. J. Montgomery. [Prayer.] Written Sept. 10, 1832, and, according to notes by Montgomery on the original manuscript, sent in manuscript to several persona at different times (M. MSS.). It was included by him in his Original Hymns, 1853, No. 67, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled, "Asking, Seeking, Finding." It is based upon Matt. vii. 7, 8. It is common use both in Great Britain and America, but in each case to a limited extent. -- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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Sacred Poems and Hymns #67

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The Devotional Hymn and Tune Book: for social and public worship #474

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The Little Sunbeam #d3

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The Palm: a collection of sacred music, for choirs, singing schools and conventions #157a

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The Sabbath Hymn and Tune Book: for the service of song in the house of the Lord #118b

The Sabbath Hymn Book. Baptist ed. #d58

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