Peace, that passeth understanding,
Peace to calm the bosom's strife,
Peace the winds and waves commanding,
On this stormy sea of life;
Peace the wounded spirit healing,
Peace the love of Christ revealing;
Peace, O God! Thy peace impart;
Thou of peace the author art.
Peace to keep our minds for ever
In Thy faith, Thy fear, Thy way;
Peace to keep our hearts, that never
Thought, desire, nor feeling stray!
Peace to soothe in every trial,
Peace to soften self-denial,
Peace our daily cross to take,
Grant us, for our Saviour's sake.
War with all the powers of evil,
We may every moment wage,
Yet of world, and flesh, and devil,
Scorn the friendship, falsehood, rage;
Though by foes and perils haunted,
We shall pass unharm'd, undaunted,
Thy whole armour, while we wear,
Sword, shield, breast-plate, helm,--all prayer.
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 >
Peace that passeth understanding . J. Montgomery. [For Peace.] This hymn is dated on the original manuscript("M. MSS."), Sept. 20, 1837, and is indexed as having been copied and sent to many persons. The earliest printed form with which we have met is in Montgomery's Original Hymns, 1853, No. 245, in 3 stanzas of 8 lines, and entitled "Invocation to Peace." It is in Kennedy, 1863, and other collections.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)