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O for the wisdom from above

O for the wisdom from above

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 1 hymnal

Full Text

O for the wisdom from above,
Pure, gentle, peaceable, and mild,
The innocency of the dove,
The meekness of a little child.

Wise may we be to know the truth,
Reveal'd in every Scripture page;
Wise to salvation from our youth,
And wiser grow from stage to stage.

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Then if to riper years, we rise,
And well the work of grace be wrought
Within ourselves,--we shall be wise
To teach in turn what we were taught.

Yet still be learning, day by day,
More of God's Word, God's way, God's will;
His law, rejoicing to obey,
Pleas'd His whole pleasure to fulfill,

Wise to win souls, if thus we're led,
How blest will be our lot below,
Blessings to share, and blessings shed
On all with whom to heaven we go.

So may we reach that home at length,
And, clad in righteousness divine,
Even as the sun, when in his strength,
And as the stars, for ever, shine.

Sacred Poems and Hymns

Author: James Montgomery

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 >

Text Information

First Line: O for the wisdom from above
Author: James Montgomery
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Language: English
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