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In a land of strange delight

In a land of strange delight

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 5 hymnals

Representative Text

In a land of strange delight,
My transported spirit stray'd;
I awake, where all is night,
Silence, solitude, and shade.

Is the dream of nature flown?
Is the universe destroy'd?
Man extinct, and I alone,
Breathing through the formless void?

No, my soul, in God rejoice;
Through the gloom, His light I see;
In the silence bear His voice,
And I feel His hand on me.

When I slumber in the tomb,
He will guard my resting-place,
When I wake to meet my doom,
May I see Him face to face.

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: In a land of strange delight
Author: James Montgomery
Meter: 7.7.7.7
Language: English

Notes

In a land of strange delight. J. Montgomery. [Midnight.] Published in Collyer's Collection, 1812, No. 920, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed, “A Midnight Thought." In 1819 it was repeated in Cotterill's Selection, No. 343, and Montgomery's Greenland and Other Poems; in 1825, in his Christian Psalmist; and in 1853, in his Original Hymn. Various readings of stanza iv., lines 3, 4, are in common use. These are all by Montgomery, and appeared as follows:— 1. In Collyer's Collection, 1812 —
“When I wake to meet my doom, I will hide in His embrace."
2. In Cotterill's Selection, 1819, and in the Christian Psalmist, 1825:—
Fearless in the day of doom, May I see Him face to face."
3. In Greenland, &c, 1819:—
Fearless in the day of doom, May I stand before His face."
4. In Original Hymns, 1853:—
When I wake to meet my doom, May I see Him face to face."
Of these readings No. 2 is the finest, and is also the most popular. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (2nd ed.) #747

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Hymn book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (4th ed.) #747

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Plymouth Collection of Hymns and Tunes; for the use of Christian Congregations #1343

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Sacred Poems and Hymns #212

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The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book #1343

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