Hail from Thy battle-field,
A Christian warrior from thy youth,
Who never knew to yield;
The conquering armour here lay down,
For the white robe, the palm, the crown.
Where earth and hell combined
God's Image to defame,
In darkness hold the immortal mind,
In chains the mortal frame;
There didst thou choose thy stormy post,
Strong in the faith,--thyself a host.
Not without patient care,
Sore suffering, day-long toil,
And many a wrestling night of prayer,
Didst thou divide the spoil;
Then ransom'd slaves were made to be
Free from Man's yoke,--from Satan's free.
Now rest upon that bed,
Where once thy Captain lay,
And sanctified it for the dead
In Christ, till His great day;
When they, though worlds around them burn,
With songs to Zion shall return.
In that Jerusalem above,
Where all the saints shall meet;
Loved with an everlasting love,
Around their Saviour's feet!
Oh! there with thine our souls be found
In life's eternal bundle bound.
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 >