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One thing, with all my soul's desire

One thing, with all my soul's desire

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 4 hymnals

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One thing, with all my soul's desire,
I sought and will pursue;
What Thine own Spirit doth inspire,
Lord, for Thy servant do.

Grant me within Thy courts a place,
Among Thy saints a seat,
For ever to behold Thy face,
And worship at Thy feet.

In Thy pavilion to abide,
When storms of trouble blow,
And in Thy tabernacle hide,
Secure from every foe.

"Seek ye My face-" without delay,
When thus I hear Thee speak,
My heart would leap for joy, and say,
"Thy face, Lord, will I seek."

Then leave me not, when griefs assail,
And earthly comforts flee,
When father, mother, kindred fail,
My God, remember me.

Oft had I fainted, and resign'd
Of every hope my hold,
But mine affections brought to mind
Thy benefits of old.

Wait on the Lord, with courage wait;
My soul, disdain to fear:
The righteous Judge is at the gate,
And thy redemption near.

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: One thing, with all my soul's desire
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English