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Isaac was ransom'd when he lay

Isaac was ransom'd when he lay

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 8 hymnals

Representative Text

Isaac was ransom'd when he lay
Upon the altar bound;
Moses, an infant cast away,
Pharaoh's own daughter found.

Joseph, by his false brethren sold,
God raised above them all;
To Hannah's child, the Lord foretold,
How Eli's house must fall.

David the bear and lion slew
And o'er Gath's champion trod;
Josiah, from his boyhood, knew
His father David's God.

To good Naomi gentle Ruth
Clave with a daughter's soul;
A little maid reveal'd the truth,
Whence Naaman was made whole.

Children are thus Jehovah's care;
Thus youth may seek His face;
Since His own Son He did not spare,
With Him He gives all grace:

Grace, like the young of whom we read,
Early in Him to trust;
A Friend in need, a Friend indeed,
As merciful as just.

Lord, while like them our course we read,
Be Thou to us that Friend,
And in the footsteps of Thy Son,
Conduct us to the end.

Source: Sacred Poems and Hymns #331

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: Isaac was ransom'd when he lay
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English



Instances (1 - 8 of 8)
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One Hundred Progressive Hymns #15


Sacred Poems and Hymns #331

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Songs for the Little Ones at Home #d111

Union Hymns. Rev. #d187

Union Hymns. Rev. #d193

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