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Once more to Bethany,

Once more to Bethany,

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 1 hymnal

Representative Text

Once more to Bethany,--once more
His little flock the Saviour led;
And while their hearts and eyes ran o'er,
These were the gracious words He said:--

"Go into all the world;--proclaim
Pardon throughout the rebel-host;
Baptize believers in the name
Of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

"Power shall be given you from on high;
The Father's promise I will send;
But tarry, for the hour is nigh;
Lo! I am with you to the end."

Thus while He blesséd them, they saw
A cloud that caught Him from their view;
The heavens received Him;--dumb with awe,
They gaz'd, they worshipp'd, and withdrew.

Such was that parting;--here we meet
In fellowship of Christian love,
And sit as at our Master's feet,
And hear Him speaking from above.

Lord Jesus! so Thy servants teach,
That when we from each other part,
Our lips and lives to all may preach
Thy gospel graven on our heart.

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 >

Text Information

First Line: Once more to Bethany,
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English


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Sacred Poems and Hymns #135

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