The God of nature and of grace

The God of nature and of grace

Author: James Montgomery
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The God of nature and of grace
In all His works appears;
His goodness through the earth we trace,
His grandeur in the spheres.

Behold this fair and fertile globe
By Him in wisdom plann'd;
'Twas He who girded, like a robe,
The ocean round the land.

Lift to the arch of heaven your eye
Thither His path pursue;
His glory, boundless as the sky,
O'erwhelms the wondering view.

How excellent, O Lord, Thy name
In all creation's lines!
Spread through eternity, Thy fame
With rising lustre shines.

These lower works, that swell Thy praise
High as man's thoughts can tower,
Are but a portion of Thy ways,
The hiding of Thy power.

O shouldst Thou rend aside the veil,
And show thy dwelling-place,
The souls which thou hast made would fail
'Twere death to see Thy face.

Can none behold that face and live?
Yea, sinners may draw near:
The Lord is kind, and will forgive,
His love shall cast out fear.

Millions amidst His presence stand,
Who feel, while they adore,
Fulness of joy at His right hand,
And pleasures evermore.

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 God of nature and of grace
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English


The God of nature and of grace. J. Montgomery. [Glory of God in Creation.] Published in his Greenland and other Poems, 1819, p. 174, in 10 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed, "The Visible Creation." It was repeated the same year in Cotterill's Selection, No. 331, in 8 stanzas of 4 lines; again in Montgomery's Christian Psalmist, 1825, No. 520, also in 8 stanzas of 4 lines (slightly altered); and again, in the same form, in his Original Hymns, 1853. In Kennedy, 1863, No. 338, stanza i., and stanza ii. 11.1-4, are from this hymn—the rest of the cento being by Dr. Kennedy. The cento begins with the same first line as above. In addition there are in common use two centos from the original: (1) "Behold this fair and fertile globe"(stanza ii.), and (2) "How excellent, O Lord, Thy Name."

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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