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Joining the Song of the Church Triumphant

Sing we the song of those who stand

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 103 hymnals

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1 Sing we the song of those who stand
Around th' eternal throne,
Of every kindred, clime, and land
A multitude unknown.

2 Life's poor distinctions vanish here;
To-day the young, the old,
Our Saviour and his flock appear,
One Shepherd and one fold.

3 Toil, trial, suffering still await
On earth the pilgrim throng;
Yet learn we in our low estate
The church triumphant's song.

4 Worthy the Lamb, for sinners slain!--
Cry the redeemed above;
Blessing and honor to obtain,
And everlasting love.

5 Worthy the Lamb!--on earth we sing;
Who died our souls to save;
Henceforth, O death, where is thy sting?
Thy victory, O grave?

6 Then hallelujah! power and praise
To God in Christ be given;
May all who now this anthem raise,
Renew the strain in heaven.

Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #358

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 >

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First Line: Sing we the song of those who stand
Title: Joining the Song of the Church Triumphant
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Sing we the song of those who stand. J. Montgomery. [Communion of Saints.] Written for the Whitsuntide gathering of the Sheffield Sunday School Union, 1824, and first printed for that occasion. It was included in Montgomery's Christian Psalmist, 1825, No. 560: and, again, in his Original Hymns, 1853, No. 200, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed, in both instances, "The Church Militant learning the Church Triumphant's Song." It is in somewhat extensive use. See also, Worthy the Lamb for sinners slain.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)




Henry Lahee (b. Chelsea, London, England, 1826; d. Croydon, London, 1912) composed NATIVITY, which was first published in 1855 and set to a nativity hymn (thus the tune's title), "High let us swell our tuneful notes," by Philip Doddridge (PsH 335). Because NATIVITY was published with Isaac Watts' (P…

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