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 >
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)