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 >

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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
Language: English



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A Collection of Hymns: Supplementary to the Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #433Page Scan
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Harmonia Sacra, being a Compilation of Church Music. 10th ed #d181
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Musical Gems. 7th ed. #d55
Plymouth Collection of Hymns and Tunes; for the use of Christian Congregations #1192Page Scan
Revival and Camp Minstrel, containing the Best Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Original and Selected #d189
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Select Hymns #d106
Select Melodies, comprising the Best of Those Hymns and Spiritual Songs in Common Use #d132
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Select Melodies; Comprising the Best Hymns and Spiritual Songs in Common Use, and not generally found in standard church hymn-books: as also a number of original pieces, and translations from...German #273Page Scan
Soldier's Friend #d39
Sunshine for Sunday Schools #d49
The American Hymn and Tune Book #d420
The Baptist Harp: a new collection of hymns for the closet, the family, social worship, and revivals #122Page Scan
The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book: being "The Plymouth Collection" enlarged and adapted to the use of Baptist churches #1192Page Scan
The Book of Worship #365TextPage Scan
The Gospel Psalmist #688Page Scan
The Harmonia Sacra. 14th ed. #d176
The Little Sunbeam #d32
The Union Harp and Revival Chorister. Rev ed. #d214
The Young People's Chorister: being a collection of favorite hymns and tunes for Sabbath schools and prayer meetings (New ed.) #203Page Scan
Vestry Chimes: a choice collection of sacred music, adapted to all occasions of social and family worship #53Page Scan
Zion's Harp ... Sacred Songs Not Found in the Methodist Hymn Book and Many Never Before Published with Several Original Pieces #d176
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