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 >
Not here as to the prophet's eye. J. Montgomery. [Opening of a Place of Worship.] Written for the opening of the Methodist New Connexion Chapel, South Street, Moor, Sheffield, June 8, 1828, and printed as a flyleaf for the occasion, [M. MSS.] It was included in Conder's Congregational Hymn Book, 1836, No. 465, and in Montgomery's Original Hymns, 1853, No. 297, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines. It is in common use in Great Britain and America.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
Edward Miller (b. Norwich, England, 1735; d. Doncaster, Yorkshire, England, 1807) adapted ROCKINGHAM from an earlier tune, TUNEBRIDGE, which had been published in Aaron Williams's A Second Supplement to Psalmody in Miniature (c. 1780). ROCKINGHAM has long associations in Great Britain and North Amer…