Fall down ye nations, and adore

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Fall down ye nations, and adore
Jehovah on His mercy-seat,
Like prostrate seas on every shore,
That cast their billows at your feet.

Let hallelujahs to the skies,
With ocean's everlasting sound,
(The voice of many waters) rise,
Day without night, as time goes round.

Come from the east,--with gifts, ye kings,
Gold, frankincense, and myrrh;
Where'er the morning spreads her wings,
Let man to God his vows prefer.

Come from the west,--the bond, the free,
His easy service make your choice;
Ye isles of the Pacific Sea,
Like halcyon-nests, in God rejoice.

Come from the south;--through desert sands,
A highway for the Lord prepare;
Let Ethiopia stretch her hands,
And Libya pour her soul in prayer.

Come from the north;--let Europe raise
In all her languages one song;
Give God the glory, power, and praise,
That to His holy name belong.

For He hath bow'd the heavens above,
And at His feet the mountains flow'd;
He came;--but not in wrath;--in love,
To make with men His pure abode.

With smiles, O earth! thy Maker meet;
Nations, before your Saviour fall;
Redemption is in him complete,
The Gospel now is preach'd to all.

Source: Sacred Poems and Hymns #266

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 >

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First Line: Fall down ye nations, and adore
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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