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Father of light, and life, and love

Father of light, and life, and love

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 1 hymnal

Representative Text

Father of light, and life, and love,
Thyself to us reveal,
As saints below and saints above
Thy sacred presence feel.

Not with the eye of mortal sense,
By angels round the throne,
Or happy souls departed hence,
Art Thou in glory known.

No sun by day, no moon by night,
For this our spirits need,
Who walk by faith, and not by sight,
They feel Thee nigh indeed.

Light in Thy light the blind may see,
No more by sin estranged;
Light in the Lord, so let us be,
Into Thine image changed.

Since Thou Thyself dost still display
Unto the pure in heart;
O make us, children of the day,
To know Thee as Thou art.

For Thou art light, and life, and love;
And Thy redeem'd below
May see Thee, as Thy saints above,
And know Thee as they know

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: Father of light, and life, and love
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English


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. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


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Sacred Poems and Hymns #287

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