Come on, companions of our way,
Who travel to eternal day
Through this poor world of night;
Give to the Lord, in noble songs,
The praise that to His name belongs,
As children of the light.
Call'd out of darkness, by His voice,
Be that clear shining path our choice,
Which Christ our captain trod!
Whether with flowers and fragrance crown'd,
Or thorns and thistle interwound,
It leads the soul to God.
Though pilgrims in a vale of woes,
Thick-strown with snares, and throng'd with foes;
Since Jesus journey'd through,
Plant but your steps where his have prest
The ground once curst,--that ground now blest
Is heaven's highway for you.
To heaven, to heaven then march we on,
Go where our conquering Lord hath gone!
Thus where He is, shall we
In joy behold Him face to face,
And, changed by glorifying grace,
Resemble Him we see.
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 on, companions of our way. J. Montgomery. [Life a Pilgrimage.] Written for the Sheffield Red Hill Sunday School Anniversary and printed on a broadsheet, March, 1829 [M.MSS.] in 4 stanzas of 6 lines. In 1853 it was included in his Original Hymns, No. 153. It is the Scottish Evangelical Union Hymnal 1878.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)