The ground on which this day we stand. J. Montgomery. [Laying the Foundation Stone of a Church.] Written for the lay¬ing of the foundation stone of Holy Trinity Church, The Wicker, Sheffield, erected by the Misses Harrison (compilers of the Weston Hymn Book), which took place on June 30th, 1847. It was written at the earnest request of the Incumbent, though much against Montgomery's own wish, as he judged that on that subject he had written enough, and had "nothing more to say" (Memoirs, vol. vii. p. 78). The hymn was included in Montgomery's Original Hymns, 1853, No. 294, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)