Let me go, the day is breaking

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

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 30 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

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 >

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
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 30 of 30)
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A Collection of Hymns #433

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 #a1192

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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


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 Baptist Harp #122

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The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book #1192

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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

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The New Harmonia Sacra #338a

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

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The Young People's Chorister #203

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Vestry Chimes #53

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