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God made all his creatures free

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1 God made all his creatures free;
Life itself is liberty;
God ordained no other bands
Than united hearts and hands.

2 Sin the primal charter broke:--
Sin, itself earth's heaviest yoke;
Tyranny with sin began,
Man o'er brute, and man o'er man.

3 But a better day shall be;
Life again be liberty;
And the wide world's only bands
Love-knit hearts and love-linked hands.

4 So shall every slavery cease,
All God's children dwell in peace,
And the new-born earth record
Love, and Love alone, is Lord.

Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #797

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 >

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First Line: God made all his creatures free
Author: James Montgomery


God made all His creatures free. J. Montgomery. [Freedom.] This hymn is No. iv. of his "Songs on the Abolition of Negro Slavery, in the British Colonies, Aug. 1,1834." It is in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled, "Slavery that is not." These "Songs" were published in his Poet's Portfolio, 1835. As given in Longfellow and Johnson's Unitarian Book of Hymns, 1848, and other American collections, it is composed of stanzas i., ii., v., vi., slightly altered. It is not in common use in Great Britain. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



Instances (1 - 20 of 20)

A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #189

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A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion. (10th ed.) #189

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A Collection of Hymns, for the use of the United Brethren in Christ #865

Christian Science Hymnal #83

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Christian Science Hymnal #144

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Christian Science Hymnal #144a

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Christian Science Hymnal #144b

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Christian Science Hymnal #144c

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Christian Science Hymnal #144

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Christian Science Hymnal #191

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Church Harmonies #898

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Good Will Songs #48

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Hymns of the Spirit #704

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Plymouth Collection of Hymns and Tunes; for the use of Christian Congregations #1039

Prayers and Hymns for the Church and the Home #d191

Sacred Songs for Church and Home #d141

Songs for the New Day #d23

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The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book #1039

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The Gospel Psalmist #285

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The Voice of Praise #797

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