Peace, that passeth understanding

Peace that passeth understanding, Peace to calm the bosom's strife

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 5 hymnals

Representative Text

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.

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 >

Text Information

First Line: Peace that passeth understanding, Peace to calm the bosom's strife
Title: Peace, that passeth understanding
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


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)



Instances (1 - 5 of 5)

Hymns for Schools and Families #d390

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Hymns for Schools and Families, Specailly Designed for the Children of the Church #589

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Offices of Worship and Hymns #982


Sacred Poems and Hymns #245

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The Liturgy and the Offices of Worship and Hymns of the American Province of the Unitas Fratrum, or the Moravian Church #982

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