Love is the theme of saints above

Love is the theme of saints above

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 16 hymnals

Representative Text

Love is the theme of saints above;
Love be the theme of saints below;
Love is of God, for God is Love;
With love let every bosom glow:--

Love, stronger than the grasp of Death,
Love that rejoices o'er the grave,
Love to the Author of our breath,
Love to His Son, who came to save;--

Love to the Spirit of all grace,
Love to the Scriptures of all truth,
Love to our whole apostate race,
Love to the aged, love to youth;--

Love to each other--soul and mind,
And heart and hand, with full accord,
In one sweet covenant combined,
To live and die unto the Lord.

Christ's little flock we then shall feed,
The lambs we in our arms shall bear,
Reclaim the lost, the feeble lead,
And watch o'er all in faith and prayer.

Thus through our isle, on all our bands,
The beauty of the Lord shall be;
And Britain, glory of all lands,
Plant Sabbath schools from sea to sea.

Sacred Poems and Hymns

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: Love is the theme of saints above
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Love is the theme of Saints above. J. Montgomery. [Love.] Written for the Sunday School Jubilee, Sept. 14, 1831, and printed for use on that occasion. In 1853 it was included in his Original Hymns, No. 341, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines. It is found in the Methodist Sunday School Hymn Book, 1879, and others.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



Instances (1 - 16 of 16)

Compilation of Hymns for the Use of the Churches of the Christian Union #d440

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church #567

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (11th ed.) #567

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Hymns and Offices of Worship #144

Hymns for Schools and Families #d299

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Hymns for Schools and Families, Specailly Designed for the Children of the Church #502

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Hymns for Youth, Suitable to be Used in Sabbath and Parochial Schools #118

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Offices of Worship and Hymns #144

Sabbath School and Social Hymns of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of the U.S.A. #d153

Sabbath School Vocalist #d56


Sacred Poems and Hymns #341

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The Congregational Hymn Book #910

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The New Congregational Hymn and Tune Book, for Public, Social and Private Worship #37

The Vestry Hymn Book #d286

Union Hymns. Rev. #d235

Union Hymns. Rev. #d238

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