Let me go, the day is breaking

Let me go, the day is breaking, Dear companions, let me go

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 28 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Let me go, the day is breaking,
Dear companions, let me go;
We have spent a night of waking
In the wilderness below;
Upward now I bend my way;
Part we here at break of day.

2 Let me go; I may not tarry,
Wrestling thus with doubts and fears;
Angels wait, my soul to carry,
Where my risen Lord appears;
Friends and kindred, weep not so;
If ye love me, let me go.

3 We have travelled long together,
Hand in hand, and heart in heart,
Both through fair and stormy weather--
And 'tis hard-- 'tis hard to part:
While I sigh "Farewell" to you;
Answer, one and all, "Adieu!"

4 'Tis not darkness gathering round me,
Which withdraws me from your sight;
Walls of flesh no more can bound me;
But, translated into light,
Like the lark on mounting wing,
Though unseen, you hear me sing.

Heaven's broad day hath o'er me broken,
Far beyond earth's span of sky:
I am dead?--Nay, by this token
Know that I have ceased to die:
Would you solve the mystery?
Come up hither--come and see.

Source: The Book of Worship #365

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: Let me go, the day is breaking, Dear companions, let me go
Title: Let me go, the day is breaking
Author: James Montgomery
Meter: 8.7.8.7.8.8
Language: English

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Instances

Instances (1 - 28 of 28)

General Baptist Hymn Book #d280

Harmonia Sacra, being a Compilation of Church Music. 10th ed #d181

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Hymns and Songs of Praise for Public and Social Worship #1287

Hymns for Mothers #d38

Musical Gems. 7th ed. #d55

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Plymouth Collection of Hymns and Tunes; for the use of Christian Congregations #1192

Revival Hymns ... with a Supplement. 2nd ed. #d146

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Sacred Melodies for Social Worship #341

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Sacred Poems and Hymns #132

Select Hymns #d106

Select Melodies, comprising the Best of Those Hymns and Spiritual Songs in Common Use #d132

Soldier's Friend #d39

Sunshine for Sunday Schools #d49

The American Hymn and Tune Book #d420

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The Book of Worship #365

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The Gospel Psalmist #688

The Harmonia Sacra. 14th ed. #d176

The Little Sunbeam #d32

The Union Harp and Revival Chorister. Rev ed. #d214

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