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The bird that soars on highest wing

The bird that soars on highest wing

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 20 hymnals

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The bird that soars on highest wing,
Builds on the ground her lowly nest;
And she that doth most sweetly sing,
Sings in the shade when all things rest:
In lark and nightingale we see
What honour hath humility.

When Mary chose the "better part,"
She meekly sat at Jesus' feet
And Lydia's gently-open'd heart
Was made for God's own temple meet;
Fairest and best adorned is she,
Whose clothing is humility.

The saint that wears heaven's brightest crown,
In deepest adoration bends;
The weight of glory bows him down,
Then most, when most his soul ascends;
Nearest the throne itself must be
The footstool of humility.

Sacred Poems and Hymns

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: The bird that soars on highest wing
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English


The bird that soars on highest wing. J. Montgomery. [Humility.] This poem appeared in his Poet's Portfolio, 1835, p. 179, in 3 stanzas of 6 lines, and headed "Humility." It is given as a hymn in several collections, including Martineau's Hymns, &c, 1840; the Prim. Methodist Sunday School Union Hymn Book, 1879, and others in Great Britain and America. -- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



Instances (1 - 20 of 20)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Christian Hymns for Public and Private Worship: a collection compiled by a committee of the Cheshire Pastoral Association (11th ed.) #894Page Scan
Hymn Book for Christian Worship #467Page Scan
Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination #353Page Scan
Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination. (New ed.) #353Page Scan
Hymns for Public Worship #437Page Scan
Hymns for Schools and Families #d138
Hymns for Schools and Families #135Page Scan
Hymns for Sunday Schools, Youth and Children #248Page Scan
Hymns for Sunday Schools, Youth, and Children #248Page Scan
Hymns for the Church of Christ (3rd thousand) #633Page Scan
Hymns for the Church of Christ. (6th thousand) #633Page Scan
Methodist Social Hymn Book #121Page Scan
Prayers and Hymns for the Church and the Home #d626
Sacred Poems and Hymns #319Text
Sparkling Diamonds #d111
The Child's Hymn Book #214Page Scan
The Gospel Psalmist #406Page Scan
The Ham-Ramsay Revival Hymns, a Collection of High Class Gospel Music #d215
The Saints' Harp #d797
Young Singer's Friend: or, the Lee Avenue collection of hymns and songs, sacred and secular, suitable for Sabbath schools, social circles, children's meetings, concerts, anniversaries, etc. #a41Page Scan
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