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 >
Father of light, and life, and love. J. Montgomery. [Public Worship.] Written on Nov. 24, 1842, for the Molyneux Hospital, Dublin (M. MSS.), but omitted from its Collection of hymns, 1854. In 1853 it was included in Montgomery's Original Hymns, No. 287, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and in 1873 in Dr. Martineau's Hymns of Praise & Prayer, No. 757.