Not to the Mount that burn'd with fire

Not to the Mount that burn'd with fire

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 8 hymnals

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Not to the Mount that burn'd with fire,
To darkness, tempest, and the sound
Of trumpet sounding higher and higher,
Nor voice of words that rent the ground,
While Israel heard with trembling awe
Jehovah thunder forth His law:--

But to Mount Zion we are come,
The city of the living God,
Jerusalem our heavenly home,
The courts by angel-legions trod;
Where meet in everlasting love
The Church of the first-born above:--

To God, the judge of quick and dead,
The perfect spirits of the just,
Jesus, our great new covenant Head,
The blood of sprinkling,--from the dust,
That better things than Abel's cries,
And pleads a Saviour's sacrifice.

O hearken to the healing voice,
That speaks from heaven, in tones so mild;
To-day, are life and death our choice;
To-day, through mercy reconciled,
Our all to God we yet may give;
Now let us hear His voice, and live.

Source: Sacred Poems and Hymns #109

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 to the Mount that burn'd with fire
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 8 of 8)
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A Collection of Hymns #124

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Hymns for the Worship of God #21


Sacred Poems and Hymns #109

Songs of Pilgrimage, a Hymnal for the Churches of Christ, Part I #d146

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Songs of Pilgrimage #246

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The Liturgy and Hymns of the American Province of the Unitas Fratrum #684

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The Sabbath Hymn and Tune Book #204c

The Sabbath Hymn Book. Baptist ed. #d698

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