Morning of the Sabbath day

Morning of the Sabbath day

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 2 hymnals

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Morning of the Sabbath day,
O thou sweetest hour of prime!
Dart a retrospective ray
O'er the eastern hills of time;
Daybreak let my spirit see
At the foot of Calvary.

Joseph's sepulchre is nigh;
Here the seal upon the stone,
There the sentinel, with eye,
Star-like, fix'd on that alone;
All around is calm and clear,
Life and death keep Sabbath here.

Bright and brighter, beam on beam,
Now, like first created light,
From the rock-cleft, gleam by gleam,
Shoots athwart the waning night,
Till the splendour grows intense,
Overpowering mortal sense.

Glory turns with me to gloom,
Sight, pulsation, thought depart,
And the stone that closed the tomb
Seems to lie upon my heart;
With that shock the vision flies;
Christ is risen;--and I may rise:--

Rise, like Him, as, from this trance,
When the trumpet calls the just
To the Saints' inheritance,
From their dwellings in the dust:
By thy resurrection's power,
Jesus, save me in that hour.

Sabbath morning, hail to thee;
O thou sweetest hour of prime!
From the foot of Calvary,
Now to Zion's top I climb,
There my risen Lord to meet,
In his temple, at his feet.

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: Morning of the Sabbath day
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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Resurgit #d88


Sacred Poems and Hymns #128

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