Like Mary, when the angel came
To hail her from on high;
When God's Messengers proclaim
Glad tidings, would reply,--
"Behold the handmaid of the Lord,
Be it according to Thy word."
Come, Holy Ghost, Thy power impart,
Form Christ in every heart.
Like Mary, placed at Jesus' feet,
We hear His words with joy;
Nor would we change our humble seat
For Martha's hard employ.
Now, too, like Mary, when she shed
The precious spikenard on his head,
Sweet fall our tears from grateful eyes,
While prayers'like incense rise.
Like Mary at the Sepulchre,
The risen Lord we seek:
Jesus, reveal Thyself:--like her,
Oh! might we hear Thee speak!
Thy look, Thy voice, Thy love the same,
Call each poor handmaid by her name,
While, with full heart and kindling eye,
All, all, "Rabboni!" cry.
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 >