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On our span-long pilgrimage

On our span-long pilgrimage

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 1 hymnal

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On our span-long pilgrimage,
Youth, maturity, old age,
What is life?--a passing breath;
Time?--a step from birth to death,

On that step, that breath, that span,
Hang the destinies of man;
Not on this poor earth alone,
But through worlds unseen, unknown.

Here a paradise of bliss,
There a bottomless abyss,
At the saint's or sinner's feet,
Fraught with joys or terrors meet.

While we walk by faith below,
Grace direct the way we go,
Through thy gloom, Gethsemane!
O'er thy height, sad Calvary!

Thus in travelling from afar,
Be Christ's cross our leading star,
And His garden-grave our rest,
When life's sun goes down the west.

There in hope our dust be found,
When the years have fill'd their round,
Sown in weakness, raised with power,
In the new creation's hour.

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 >

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First Line: On our span-long pilgrimage
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English