Once more, to pay our annual vows,
We to Thy temple, Lord, repair;
While every knee before Thee bows,
And every lip is moved in prayer,
Send down Thy Spirit from above,
Thy Holy Spirit, God of love.
In pentecostal power and grace,
May He baptize us now with fire,
With His sweet presence fill the place,
With faith and hope our hearts inspire,
Faith, seeing what no eye can see,
Hope, breathing immortality.
Through Him to us Thy Son reveal,
In every form that once he wore,
When with His blood, our peace to seal,
Our sins He in His body bore,
For all a full atonement made,
For each a priceless ransom paid.
The helpless child in Bethlehem born,
Heaven's pilgrim through earth's wilderness,
The man of sorrows and of scorn,
Him as our Lord we would confess.
And nothing know, or seek beside
Christ Jesus, and Him crucified.
So may we in His likeness grow,
God in the flesh made manifest--
Through whom Thine Image, lost below,
On souls new-born is reimpress'd;
No longer kindred to the clod,
Though sons of Adam, sons of God.
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 >