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Like Mary, when the angel came

Like Mary, when the angel came

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 1 hymnal

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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.

Sacred Poems and Hymns

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: Like Mary, when the angel came
Author: James Montgomery
Meter: D
Language: English