The heathen perish

The heathen perish, day by day

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 31 hymnals

Representative Text

The heathen perish;--day by day,
Thousands on thousands pass away!
O Christians! to their rescue fly,
Preach Jesus to them ere they die.

Wealth, labour, talents, freely give,
Yea, life itself, that they may live;
What hath your Saviour done for You?
And what for Him will ye not do?

Thou Spirit of the Lord, go forth,
Call in the south, wake up the north;
Of every clime, from sun to sun,
Gather God's children into one.

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 >

Text Information

First Line: The heathen perish, day by day
Title: The heathen perish
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English


The heathen perish: day by day. J. Montgomery. Missions.] First printed in the Sheffield Iris newspaper, of which Montgomery was the proprietor and editor, on the 20th April, 1824, in 3 stanzas of 4 lines. It was repeated in Montgomery's Christian Psalmist, 1825, No. 551, and again in his Original Hymns, 1853, No. 256. It is given in comparatively few modern hymn-books. -- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



Instances (1 - 31 of 31)
Page Scan

A New Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #972

Page Scan

Church Pastorals, hymns and tunes for public and social worship #627

Page Scan

Church Psalmody #425

Page Scan

Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (2nd ed.) #814

Page Scan

Hymn book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (4th ed.) #814

Hymns for Schools and Families #d450

Page Scan

Hymns for Schools and Families, Specailly Designed for the Children of the Church #415

Page Scan

Hymns for the Sanctuary and Social Worship #1021

Hymns, Selected and Original, for Sunday Schools of the Evangelical Lutheran Church #d409

Page Scan

Missionary Services and Hymnal #44

Page Scan

Missionary Songs #5


Sacred Poems and Hymns #256

Page Scan

The American Baptist Sabbath-School Hymn-Book #447

Page Scan

The Baptist Harp #522

Page Scan

The Baptist Praise Book #1214

The Baptist Sabbath School Hymn Book #d366

Page Scan

The Camp-Meeting Chorister #346

Page Scan

The Devotional Hymn and Tune Book #429

The Devotional Hymn Book #d450

Page Scan

The People's Hymnal #446

The Prayer Meeting Hymn Book #d246

Page Scan

The Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs of the Rev. Isaac Watts, D. D. #D374

Page Scan

The Sacred Lyre #367

TextPage Scan

The Voice of Praise #578

Union Hymns. Rev. #d363

Union Hymns. Rev. #d373

Union Hymns #d385

Suggestions or corrections? Contact us