Lord, For Ever at Thy Side

Lord, forever at Thy side Let my place and portion be

Author: James Montgomery (1822)
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1 Lord, for ever at Thy side
Let my place and portion be:
Strip me of the robe of pride,
Clothe me with humility.

2 Meekly may my soul receive,
All Thy Spirit hath revealed;
Thou hast spoken; I believe,
Though the oracle be sealed.

3 Humble as a little child,
Weaned from the mother's breast,
By no subtleties beguiled,
On Thy faithful word I rest.

4 Israel now and evermore,
In the Lord Jehovah trust;
Him, in all His ways, adore,
Wise, and wonderful, and just.

Source: The Church Hymnal: containing hymns approved and set forth by the general conventions of 1892 and 1916; together with hymns for the use of guilds and brotherhoods, and for special occasions (Rev. ed) #465

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 >

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First Line: Lord, forever at Thy side Let my place and portion be
Title: Lord, For Ever at Thy Side
Author: James Montgomery (1822)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Lord, for ever at Thy side. J. Montgomery. [Psalms cxxxi.] Published in Cotterill’s Selection, 8th ed., 1819, p. 73, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed, "For Humility." In 1822 it was repeated by Montgomery in his Songs of Zion, as a paraphrase of Psalms cxxxi.; in his Poetical Works, 1828; and his Original Hymns, 1853, No. 187. It is a most successful paraphrase, and is somewhat widely used.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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