Palms of glory, raiment bright

Palms of glory, raiment bright

Author: James Montgomery
Tune: PALMS OF GLORY
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Palms of glory, raiment bright,
Crowns that never fade away,
Gird and deck the saints in light,
Priests and kings, and conquerors they.

Yet the conquerors bring their palms
To the Lamb amidst the throne,
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And proclaim in joyful psalms,
Victory through His cross alone.

Kings for harps their crowns resign,
Crying, as they strike the chords,
"Take the kingdom, it is Thine,
King of kings, and Lord of Lords!"

Round the altar priests confess,
If their robes are white as snow,
'Twas the Saviour's righteousness,
And His blood that made them so.

Who were these?--On earth they dwelt;
Sinners once of Adam's race,
Guilt, and fear, and suffering felt,
But were saved by sovereign grace.

They were mortal, too, like us;
Ah! when we like them must die,
May our souls, translated thus,
Triumph, reign, and shine on high.

Sacred Poems and Hymns

Author: James Montgomery

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 >

Notes

J. Montgomery. [Heaven in Prospect .] Written for the Sheffield Sunday School Union, and first printed on a broadsheet for use at the Anniversary in June 1829, in 6 st. of 4 1. It then appeared in T. Russell's Selection of Hymns…An Appendix to Dr. Watts's Psalms & Hymns, N. D. [circa 1833]; again in Montgomery's Poet's Portfolio, 1835, p. 240; and again in his Original Hymns , 1853, p. 160, where it is headed "Heaven in prospect." It is of more than usual merit, and is widely used.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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Ancient and Modern #307

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Common Praise #226

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