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Come let us sing the song of songs

Come let us sing the song of songs

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 105 hymnals

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Come let us sing the song of songs,
The song which saints in glory sing;
The homage which to Christ belongs,
To-day let babes and sucklings bring.

Youth in its prime, and failing Age,
With hearts and voices swell the strain,
To cheer their steps on pilgrimage,
"Worthy the Lamb, for He was slain!"

Slain to redeem us by His blood,
To cleanse from every sinful stain,
And make us kings and priests to God,
"Worthy the Lamb, for He was slain!"

To Him who suffer'd on the tree,
Our souls at His soul's price to gain,
Blessing, and praise, and glory be:
"Worthy the Lamb, for He was slain!"

To Him, enthroned by filial right,
All power in heaven and earth pertain,
Honour, and majesty, and might:
"Worthy the Lamb, for He was slain!"

Come, Holy Spirit, from on high,
Our faith, our hope, our love sustain,
Living to sing, and dying cry,
"Worthy the Lamb, for He was slain!"

Yea, in eternity of bliss,
If call'd through grace with Him to reign,
Our song--our song of songs, be this,
"Worthy the Lamb, for He was slain!"

Sacred Poems and Hymns, 1854

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: Come let us sing the song of songs
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English


Come, let us sing the song of songs. J. Montgomery. [Praise.] According to the M. MSS. this hymn was written in 1841. It was published in his Original Hymns, 1853, No. 89, in 7 stanzas of 4 lines. Although but little known in Great Britain, it is somewhat extensively used in America. As altered in the People's Hymnal, 1867, it has passed into the Churchman's Altar Manual, 1882, and others. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907) ==================== Come, let us sing the song of songs, p. 249, i. This was printed in the Sunday School Teachers' Magazine for May, 1841, p. 351, as one of the "Original Hymns for the Sheffield S. S. Union Festival, Whitsunday, May 31, 1841." [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.] --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)


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Dmitri Stephanovich Bortnianski (b. Gloukoff, Ukraine, 1751; d. St. Petersburg, Russia, 1825) was a Russian composer of church music, operas, and instrumental music. His tune ST. PETERSBURG (also known as RUSSIAN HYMN) was first published in J. H. Tscherlitzky's Choralbuch (1825). The tune is suppo…

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William Knapp (b. Wareham, Dorsetshire, England, 1698; d. Poole, Dorsetshire, 1768) composed WAREHAM, so named for his birthplace. A glover by trade, Knapp served as the parish clerk at St. James's Church in Poole (1729-1768) and was organist in both Wareham and Poole. Known in his time as the "coun…

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Moravian Book of Worship #469

Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #252


The Cyber Hymnal #899

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