Fair shines the morning star

Fair shines the morning star

Author: James Montgomery
Tune: BROOKLYN (Zundel)
Published in 45 hymnals

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Fair shines the morning star;
The silver trumpets sound,
Their notes re-echoing far,
While dawns the day around:
Joy to the slave; the slave is free;
It is the year of Jubilee.

Prisoners of hope, in gloom
And silence left to die,
With Christ's unfolding tomb,
Your portals open fly;
Rise with your Lord;--He sets you free;
It is the year of Jubilee.

Ye, who have sold for naught
The land your Fathers won,
Behold, how God hath wrought
Redemption through His Son;
Your heritage again is free;
It is the year of Jubilee.

Ye, who yourselves have sold
For debts to Justice due,
Ransom'd, but not with gold,
He gave Himself for you!
The blood of Christ hath made you free:
It is the year of Jubilee.

Captives of sin and shame,
O'er earth and ocean, hear
An angel's voice proclaim
The Lord's accepted year:
Let Jacob rise, be Israel free;
It is the year of Jubilee.

Sacred Poems and Hymns

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: Fair shines the morning star
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English


Fair shines the morning star. J. Montgomery. [Year of Jubilee.] Appeared in his Christian Psalmist, 1825, No. 556, in 5 stanzas of 6 lines, and in his Original Hymns, 1853, No. 263, the title in each case being "The Year of Jubilee." In 1836 J. Conder adopted it for the Congregational Hymn Book, and others have followed, both in Great Britain and America: but its use is not so extensive as many of Montgomery's hymns. In the New York Church Praise Book, 1882, No. 227, is a cento beginning with stanza i. of this hymn, and stanzas ii.-iv. from C. Wesley's "Blow ye the trumpet, blow " (q.v.). --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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