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 >
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)
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…
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…
Display Title: Come, Let Us Sing the Song of SongsFirst Line: Come, let us sing the song of songsTune Title: WAREHAMAuthor: James MontgomeryMeter: L.M.Scripture: Revelation 5:6-14Date: 1995Subject: Son and Redeemer | ; Christ | ; Christ--Adoration and praise | ; Christ--Lamb of God |
Display Title: Come, Let Us Sing the Song of SongsFirst Line: Come, let us sing the song of songsTune Title: RUSSIAAuthor: James MontgomeryMeter: LMSource: Sunday School Teachers' Magazine, May 1841, p. 35, as one of the Original Hymns for the Sheffield S. S. Union Festival, Whitsunday, May 31, 1841