Lord, For Ever at Thy Side

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

Author: James Montgomery (1822)
Tune: SEYMOUR (Weber)
Published in 102 hymnals

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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 and 3 [Copyright protected]

4 Israel, now and evermore
in the Lord Jehovah trust;
him, in all his ways, adore,
wise and wonderful, and just.

Source: The Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #670

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)




Orlando Gibbons (PHH 167) composed SONG 13 in soprano and bass parts. Used as a setting for a text from the Song of Songs, the tune was published in George Withers' Hymnes and Songs of the Church (1623) as hymn number 13 (hence the tune name). As in other hymnals, the melody is presented in a simpli…

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