Palms of glory, raiment bright

Palms of glory, raiment bright

Author: James Montgomery
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1 Palms of glory, raiment bright,
crowns that never fade away,
gird and deck the saints in light:
priests and kings and conquerors they.

2 Yet the conquerors bring their palms
to the Lamb amidst the throne,
and proclaim in joyful psalms
victory through his cross alone.

3 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.'

4 Round the altar priests confess,
if their robes are white as snow,
'twas the Saviour's righteousness,
and his blood, that made them so.

5 They were mortal too like us:
O, when we like them must die,
may our souls translated thus
triumph, reign, and shine on high.

Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #307

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 >


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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