How beautiful the sight

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How beautiful the sight Of brethren who agree

Author: James Montgomery
Tune: ST. GODRIC
Published in 64 hymnals

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1 How beautiful the sight
of brethren who agree
in friendship to unite,
and bonds of charity;
'tis like the precious ointment, shed
o'er all his robes, from Aaron's head.

2 'Tis like the dew that fills
the cups of Hermon's flow'rs;
or Zion's fruitful hill,
bright with the drops of show'rs,
when mingling odors breathe around,
and glory rests on all the ground.

3 For there the Lord commands
blessings, a boundless store,
from his unsparing hands,
yea, life for evermore:
thrice happy they who meet above
to spend eternity in love!


Source: Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #356

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: How beautiful the sight Of brethren who agree
Title: How beautiful the sight
Author: James Montgomery
Meter: 6.6.6.6.8.8
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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