The ground on which this day we stand

The ground on which this day we stand

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 2 hymnals

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The ground on which this day we stand,
Holy henceforth shall be,
For thus, Lord God of sea and land,
Thine own we render Thee.

Maker and Builder Thou, of all
Around us and above,
On Thine Almighty Name we call
To crown our work of love.

If, moved by Thee, in dust we lay
A true foundation here,
Though heaven and earth must pass away,
Thy counsel shall appear.

An earthly temple to Thy praise,
Our labouring hands would pile;
Do Thou a spiritual temple raise,
Within its walls, the while.

Of living stones that temple frame,
Founded on Christ alone,
Inscribed with His exalted name,
By all men read and known.

From thence, as time and tide roll by,
May ransom'd souls ascend,
Safe in their Father's home on high,
Eternity to spend.

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 ground on which this day we stand
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English


The ground on which this day we stand. J. Montgomery. [Laying the Foundation Stone of a Church.] Written for the lay┬Čing 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)



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