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.
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 >
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)