Blessed be Thy name

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Blessed be Thy name,
Jesus Christ!--the same
Yesterday, to-day, for ever,
What from Thee my soul shall sever,
While I hear Thy voice,
And in Thee rejoice?

Guide me with Thine eye;
Warn to fight or fly,
When the foe, a lion raging,
Or, with serpent guile assuaging,
Comes in wrath to tear,
Or by fraud ensnare.

Hold me with Thine hand,
For by faith I stand;
On Thy strength my sole reliance,
In Thy truth my whole affiance;
Then where'er I roam,
I am travelling home.

Lord, Thy word is light;
Led by it aright,
When a pilgrim, like my Fathers,
Life's last shadow round me gathers,
May its brightening ray
Shine to perfect day.

With my latest breath,
Overcoming death,
From the body disencumber'd
With thy Saints in glory number'd,
Jesus, may I be
Found in peace with Thee.

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: Blessed be thy name, Jesus Christ, the same
Title: Blessed be Thy name
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Blessed be Thy Name. J. Montgomery. [Journeying.] In the "M. MSS," this hymn is dated "January 13th, 1835," and is there stated to have been sent in manusript to several persons at different dates. In 1853 it was given in Montgomery's Original Hymns, No. 194, in 5 stanzas of 6 lines and headed, "Prayers on Pilgrimage.—'Lord, help me.' Matt, xv. 25." Adopted by several collections.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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