Servant of God, well done

Servant of God, well done, Rest from thy loved employ

Author: James Montgomery
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Servant of God, well done!
Rest from thy loved employ!
The battle fought, the victory won,
Enter thy Master's joy.

The voice at midnight came,
He started up to hear;
A mortal arrow pierced his frame,
He fell,--but felt no fear.

Tranquil amidst alarms,
It found him on the field,
A veteran slumbering on his arms,
Beneath his red-cross shield.

His sword was in his hand,
Still warm with recent fight,
Ready that moment, at command,
Through rock and steel to smite.

It was a two-edged blade
Of heavenly temper, keen;
And double were the wounds it made,
Where'er it glanced between.

'Twas death to sin,--'twas life
To all who mourn'd for sin;
It kindled and it silenced strife,
Made war and peace within.

Oft with its fiery force
His arm had quell'd the foe,
And laid, resistless in his course,
The alien armies low.

Bent on such glorious toils,
The world to him was loss,
Yet all his trophies, all his spoils,
He hung upon the Cross.

At midnight came the cry,
"To meet thy God prepare!"
He woke,--and caught his Captain's eye;
Then, strong in faith and prayer,--

His spirit, with a bound,
Left its encumbering clay;
His tent, at sunrise, on the ground,
A darken'd ruin lay.

The pains of death are past,
Labour and sorrow cease;
And life's long warfare closed at last,
His soul is found in peace.

Soldier of Christ, well done!
Praise be thy new employ;
And while eternal ages run,
Rest in thy Saviour's joy.

Sacred Poems and Hymns, 1854

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 >

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First Line: Servant of God, well done, Rest from thy loved employ
Title: Servant of God, well done
Author: James Montgomery


Servant of God, well done! Thy glorious warfare's past. C. Wesley. [Death and Burial of a Minister.] This hymn, in 4 stanzas of 8 lines, was printed at the end of the Funeral Sermon by John Wesley, on the death of G. Whitefield. (Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. vi. 316.) Whitefield died on Sept. 30, 1770, and J. Wesley preached the Funeral Sermon at the Tabernacle, Tottenham Court Road, and again at Moorfields on Nov. 18, 1770. He also preached on the same subject at Greenwich and at Deptford. His remark in his Journal is, “In every place I wish to show all possible respect to the memory of that great and good man." It must be noted that this hymn is a distinct piece from C. Wesley's Elegy on the Death of the Rev. George Whitefield.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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