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 >
In the morning hear my voice. J. Montgomery. [Daily Prayer.] Montgomery's original manuscript of this hymn is dated "Jan. 7, 1834," and on it are given the names of fifteen persons to whom copies were sent. Montgomery published the hymn in his Original Hymns, 1853, No. 80, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, as "A Prayer for every day and all day long." Its use is mainly confined to America.