Not here, as to the prophet's eye

Not here, as to the prophet's eye

Author: James Montgomery
Tune: ROCKINGHAM (Miller)
Published in 15 hymnals

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Not here, as to the prophet's eye,
The Lord upon His throne appears;
Nor seraphim responsive cry,
"Holy! thrice holy!" in our ears.

Yet God is present in this place,
Veil'd in serener majesty,
So full of glory, truth, and grace,
That faith alone such light can see.

Nor, as He in the temple taught,
Is Christ beneath this roof reveal'd,
When blind, and deaf, and dumb, were brought,
Lepers and lame,--and all were heal'd.

Yet here, when two or three shall meet,
Or thronging multitudes are found,
All may sit down at Jesus' feet,
And hear and know the joyful sound.

Send forth the seraphim, O Lord!
To touch Thy servants' lips with fire;
Saviour! give them Thy faithful word;
God, Holy Ghost! their hearts inspire.

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 >

Text Information

First Line: Not here, as to the prophet's eye
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


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…

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