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 >
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.