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 >
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…