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On earth we meet again below

On earth we meet again below

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 1 hymnal

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On earth we meet again below;
But shall we ever meet above,
And all our souls together flow
In one eternal tide of love?

Some meet who never met before;
We bid them welcome on their way:
And some may part to join no more
The children's Whitsuntide array.

While the whole world before us lies,
May each, whate'er our pilgrim-path,
Be truly taught, and timely wise
To follow peace, and flee from wrath:--

That wrath, which disobedience brought
On Adam's sin-born progeny;
That peace, which our Redeemer bought,
With His own blood, upon the tree.

So be this temple to the Lord,
This Sabbath Union, which we build
Of living stones, upon His Word,
With His perpetual presence fill'd,

Death-partings, then, from earth shall be
Life-meetings in that world above,
Where life is immortality,--
An immortality of love.

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: On earth we meet again below
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English


On earth we meet again below. J. Montgomery. [For Sunday School Gatherings.] Printed on a broadsheet as No. 1 of the Hymns for the Sheffield Sunday School Union, Whit-Monday, May 27,1844, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines: also included in Montgomery's Original Hymns, 1853, No. 324.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


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Sacred Poems and Hymns #324

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