Nothing into this world we brought

Nothing into this world we brought

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 1 hymnal

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Nothing into this world we brought,
And nothing can we take away;
Oft be the themes of earnest thought,
Man's birth, man's death, man's judgment-day.

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For each belongs to each of us;
Time past, time present, time to be,
To young and old, determine thus
The issues of eternity,

All are born poor, howe'er unlike,
Their lot through life; and all go down
Poor to the dust:--the darts that strike
The slave, strike him who wears a crown,

That name which each on earth has borne,
Renown'd, inglorious, or obscure,
E'en from his gravestone shall be worn;
Nought under heaven can endure.

In the Lamb's book of life alone,
The everlasting page records,
In open view before the throne,
The names of those who are the Lord's.

When on the volume of that book
While small and great are gathered round,
The Judge of quick and dead shall look,
Be all our names unblotted found.

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: Nothing into this world we brought
Author: James Montgomery
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Language: English

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Sacred Poems and Hymns #218

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