Is this the day that gave me birth?

Is this the day that gave me birth?

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 1 hymnal

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Is this the day that gave me birth?
Returning year by year,
Still as a stranger on the earth,
It finds and leaves me here.

But oh! the day, the day draws nigh,
When I must hence depart,
Leave all things pleasant to the eye,
Or precious to the heart.

Where shall my naked spirit then,
Flee at my latest breath?
Alas! I must be born again,
Or die a deadlier death.

While everlasting ages roll
Without a change away,
My ransom'd or my ruin'd soul,
Shall bless or curse this day.

Lord Jesus, who Thyself was born
To live and die for me,
Thy doctrine may my life adorn,
Death take me home to Thee.

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: Is this the day that gave me birth?
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English


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Sacred Poems and Hymns #246

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