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Brother and friend, with heart and voice

Brother and friend, with heart and voice

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 1 hymnal

Full Text

Brother and friend, with heart and voice,
We greet thee on this festal morn;
None but the Christian can rejoice
In deed and truth, that he was born.

Since to this evil world you came,
Your heavenly birth-right have you prized?
In Father, Son, and Spirit's hame,
Were you not from that world baptized?

Then dead to sin, alive to God,
Whate'er you feel, or seek, or do,
Along the path our Saviour trod,
Meekly his blessed steps pursue.

So shall the Father cause his face
To shine on you while life endures,
So be the Son's redeeming grace,
The Holy Ghost's communion, yours.

So may we all with heart and voice
Sing at the resurrection morn,
And through eternity rejoice,
At God's right hand, that we were born.

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: Brother and friend, with heart and voice
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English