Father of lights from whom alone

Father of lights from whom alone

Author: James Montgomery
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Father of lights! from whom alone,
All good and perfect gifts descend;
To Thee our utmost wants are known,
To us Thy benefits extend.

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Thy power, thy wisdom, and thy grace
Bestow'd our being, life, and breath,
Fix'd our condition, time and place,
The moment of our birth--our death.

Though poor our lot, Thou didst not leave
Thy children in their low estate,
In helpless misery to grieve,
Or frolic on the brink of fate.

Thy servants took us by the hand,
Led to the school, the church, and Thee;
Surely in Britain's chosen land,
A goodly heritage have we.

O may we know in this our day,
The things of our eternal peace!
From strength to strength pursue our way
In faith and holiness increase.

Still with long suffering, goodness, truth,
Conduct us through this vale of tears;
With loving-kindness guard our youth,
With tender mercies crown our years.

Sacred Poems and Hymns

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: Father of lights from whom alone
Author: James Montgomery
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Language: English

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Sacred Poems and Hymns #146

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