Behold yon bright array

Behold yon bright array

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 3 hymnals

Representative Text

Behold yon bright array,
Before the sapphire throne;
There, young nor old, nor rich nor poor,
There, bond nor free, are known.

At once they strike their lyres,
At once break off,--and all,
With trembling joy, and silent love,
In adoration fall.

Whate'er their lot below,
As fellow-heirs of bliss,
In heaven their services are one:
Let earth be heaven in this.

As brethren, thus may we
Worship with one accord;
In stillness wait, in prayer bow down,
Stand up, and bless the Lord.

As pilgrims on their way,
Thousands these courts shall fill,
And travel on from strength to strength,
Abreast to Zion's hill.

May all those pilgrims meet,
When faith is changed to sight
Where the Lord God Himself shall be
The temple and the light:--

Where on the sea of glass,
The ransom'd nations sing,
And to the Lamb that once was slain
Eternal glory bring.

Sacred Poems and Hymns

Author: James Montgomery

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 >

Text Information

First Line: Behold yon bright array
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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Christian Hymns for Public and Private Worship #601

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Hymns for Public Worship #24


Sacred Poems and Hymns #299

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