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 >
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.
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…