Come to the Morning Prayer

Representative Text

Come to the Morning Prayer,
Come let us kneel and pray;
Prayer is the Christian pilgrim's staff
To walk with God all day.

At noon, beneath the Rock
Of Ages, rest and pray;
Sweet is that shadow from the heat,
When the sun smites by day.

At eve, shut to the door,
Round the home-altar pray,
And finding there "the House of God,"
At "heaven's gate" close the day.

When midnight seals our eyes,
Let each in spirit say,
"I sleep, but my heart waketh, Lord,
With Thee to watch and pray."

Sacred Poems and Hymns, 1854

Author: James Montgomery

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 >

Text Information

First Line: Come to the morning prayer
Title: Come to the Morning Prayer
Author: James Montgomery
Meter: 6.6.8.6
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Able to save, yes, able to save

Notes

Come to the morning prayer. J. Montgomery. [Daily Prayer.] This invitation to daily worship was printed in the Evangelical Magazine for Dec. 1842, where it is dated "Aug. 4, 1842," in 4 stanzas of 4 lines. It was also included by Montgomery in his Original Hymns, 1853, No. 79, and entitled "Daily Prayer." It is given in Hymnal Companion, No. 10, in an unaltered form. It is also found in a few American collections. The most popular form of the hymn in America is “Come at the morning hour." This is found in several collections, as the Songs for the Sanctuary, 1865; the Baptist Praise Book, 1871, &c.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

Timeline

Instances

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A Collection of Hymns #358

A Collection of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion #d46

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A Collection of Spiritual Hymns #519

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A Manual of Devotion and Hymns for the House of Refuge, City of New York #65

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Church Harmonies #66

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Hymn and Tune Book of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South (Round Note Ed.) #788

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Hymn and Tune Book, for the Church and the Home #282

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Hymn Book for Christian Worship #500

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Hymn Book for Christian Worship. 8th ed. #a500

Hymn Book of the Colored M.E. Church in America #d102

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South #788

Hymnal of the Evangelical Church. Word ed. #d121

Hymnal of the Evangelical Church. Word ed. #d122

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Hymns for Church and Home #340

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Hymns for the Church of Christ (3rd thousand) #581

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Hymns for the Church of Christ. (6th thousand) #581

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Hymns for the Church on Earth #124

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Hymns of the Ages #155b

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Hymns of the Church Militant #148

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Sacred Poems and Hymns #79

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The Brethren Hymnal #610

The Coronation Hymnal #d59

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The Gospel Psalmist #415

The School Psalter #d50

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The Voice of Thanksgiving #301

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The Voice of Thanksgiving No. 2 #301

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The Voice of Thanksgiving No. 3 #301

The Voice of Thanksgiving No. 4 #d37

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