The heathen perish

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

2 Wealth, labor, 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?

3 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.


Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #578

Author: James Montgomery

James Montgomery (b. Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland, 1771; d. Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, 1854), the son of Moravian parents who died on a West Indies mission field while he was in boarding school, Montgomery inherited a strong religious bent, a passion for missions, and an independent mind. He was editor of the Sheffield Iris (1796-1827), a newspaper that sometimes espoused radical causes. Montgomery was imprisoned briefly when he printed a song that celebrated the fall of the Bastille and again when he described a riot in Sheffield that reflected unfavorably on a military commander. He also protested against slavery, the lot of boy chimney sweeps, and lotteries. Associated with Christians of various persuasions, Montgomery supported missio… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: The heathen perish, day by day
Title: The heathen perish
Author: James Montgomery
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

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)

Tune

EISENACH (Gesius)

MACHS MIT MIR was first published in the collection of music Das ander Theil des andern newen Operis Geistlicher Deutscher Lieder (1605) by Bartholom√§us Gesius (b. M√ľnchenberg, near Frankfurt, Germany, c. 1555; d. Frankfurt, 1613). A prolific composer, Gesius wrote almost exclusively for the churc…

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