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Lord, let my prayer like incense rise

Lord, let my prayer like incense rise

Author: James Montgomery
Tune: ILLINOIS (Hastings)
Published in 14 hymnals

Representative Text

Lord, let my prayer like incense rise,
And when I lift my hands to Thee,
As on the evening sacrifice
Look down from heaven well-pleased on me.

Set Thou a watch to keep my tongue,
Let not my heart to sin incline;
Save me from men who practise wrong,
Let me not share their mirth and wine.

But let the righteous, when I stray,
Smite me in love,--his strokes are kind;
His mild reproofs, like oil, allay
The wounds they make, and heal the mind.

Mine eyes are unto Thee, my God!
Behold me humbled in the dust;
I kiss the hand that wields the rod,
I own thy chastisements are just.

But O! redeem me from the snares
With which the world surrounds my feet,
Its riches, vanities, and cares,
Its love, its hatred, its deceit.

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: Lord, let my prayer like incense rise
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English



Instances (1 - 14 of 14)
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Church Melodies #419

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Conference Hymns #T11

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Dyer's Psalmist #328

Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Social, Private and Public Worship #d477

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Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs #234


Sacred Poems and Hymns #77

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Sacred Songs for Family and Social Worship #193

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Sacred Songs for Family and Social Worship #223

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Selah #56c

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The Baptist Hymn Book #927

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The Christian Psalmist; or, Watts' Psalms and Hymns #P141b

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The Minstrel of Zion #191a

The South Western Psalmist #d229

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