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One human pair, and only one

One human pair, and only one

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 1 hymnal

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One human pair, and only one,
Were form'd in youthful prime,
All else that e'er beheld the sun,
Were children in their time.

For each a mother's pangs were borne,
And many a father's eye
Wept o'er his infant born to mourn,
His infant born to die.

With millions life was but a spark,
Extinct as soon as fired;
Others, just glancing from the dark,
Wept, smiled, look'd round, retired.

Millions and millions more have pass'd
Life's various pilgrimage,
While Death at all his arrows cast,
And slew of every age.

Of these what multitudes untold
Have never known their God,
But blind, and ignorant, and bold,
In paths of ruin trod.

What guiltier multitudes have known,
Yet scorn'd Him or denied,
Lived to themselves and sin alone;
And as they lived they died.

We may not wander like the first;
Then, lest we share the lot
Of those more awfully accurst,
Who knew, but loved, Him not,--

May we hold fast the faithful word,
Our future time redeem,
Live, while we live, unto the Lord,
Die, when we die, to Him.

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: One human pair, and only one
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English