O God! we praise Thee, and we own,
Thou art the Lord, and Thou alone;
Let the whole earth Thy name adore,
Father of all! for evermore.
Thee,--Cherubim and Seraphim,
The heavens and all the powers therein,
Thee--angels laud with voices high,
And Holy! Holy! Holy! cry,
Lord God of Hosts! whose splendours shine
Through heaven and earth, for these are Thine,
The apostles' glorious company,
The prophets' fellowship, praise Thee;
The martyrs' noble army raise
To Thee triumphant songs of praise
The holy Church ascribes to Thee
Eternal power and majesty;
Father of ages unbegun,
Thine only, true, anointed Son,
And, sent by Him from Thee to Her,
The Holy Ghost, the Comforter.
Hail, King of Glory! Christ the Lord!
God's everlasting Son,--the Word!
Thou, to retrieve man's mortal doom,
Didst not abhor the Virgin's womb;
And, having overcome, for us,
Death's sharpness, on the accursed cross,
Open'dst heaven's kingdom, to receive
All those who in Thy name believe.
At God's right hand, exalted there,
Thou dost the Father's glory share;
And thence, we know, when comes the end,
Thou wilt, to be our Judge, descend.
Help, Lord, Thy servants, that we may
Find mercy in that dreadful day;
Redeem'd with Thy most precious blood,
And number'd with Thy saints, who stood
Firm in the faith, may we be found,
In glory everlasting, crown'd.
Thy people save,--from age to age,
Govern and bless Thine heritage;
Daily we magnify Thy name,
World without end Thy praise proclaim.
Vouchsafe this day to keep from sin
Our going out, and coming in:
O Lord! have mercy on us all,
Have mercy on us when we call;
Thy mercy, Lord, to us extend,
On Thee alone our hopes depend;
Lord, we have put our trust in Thee,
Confounded let us never be.
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 >