O my soul! with all thy powers,
Bless the Lord's most holy name;
O my soul! till life's last hours,
Bless the Lord, His praise proclaim;
Thine infirmities He heal'd,
He thy peace and pardon seal'd.
He with loving-kindness crown'd thee,
Satisfied thy mouth with good,
From the snares of death unbound thee,
Eagle-like thy youth renew'd:
Rich in tender mercy He,
Slow to wrath, to favour free.
He will not retain displeasure,
Though awhile He hide His face,
Nor His God-like bounty measure
By our merit, but His grace:
As the heaven the earth transcends,
Over us His care extends.
Far as east and west are parted,
He our sins hath sever'd thus;
As a father, loving-hearted,
Spares his son, He spareth us;
For He knows our feeble frame.
He remembers whence we came.
From eternity enduring,
To eternity, the Lord,
Still His people's bliss insuring,
Keeps His covenanted word:
Yea, with truth and righteousness,
Children's children He will bless.
As in heaven, His throne and dwelling,
King on earth He holds His sway;
Angels! ye in strength excelling,
Bless the Lord, His voice obey:
All His works beneath the pole
Bless the Lord, with thee, my soul!
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 >