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 >

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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)



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A New Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs: from the best authors; designed for the use of conference meetings, private circles, and congregations (21st ed. with an appendix) #972Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns, adapted to the devotions of the closet, the family, and the social circle; and containing subjects appropriate to the monthly concerns of prayer for the success... #591Page Scan
Additional Hymns, Adopted by the General Synod of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church in North America, at their Session, June 1846, and authorized to be used in the churches under their care #190Page Scan
Church Pastorals, hymns and tunes for public and social worship #627Page Scan
Church Psalmody: or, hymns for public worship, selected from Dr. Watts's Psalms and Hymns, and the Congregational Hymn Book #425Page Scan
Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (2nd ed.) #814Page Scan
Hymn book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (4th ed.) #814Page Scan
Hymns for Schools and Families #d450
Hymns for Schools and Families, Specailly Designed for the Children of the Church #415Page Scan
Hymns for the Sanctuary and Social Worship: with tunes #1021Page Scan
Hymns, Selected and Original, for Sunday Schools of the Evangelical Lutheran Church #d409
Missionary Services and Hymnal: a manual for the use of the Woman's and Young People's Missionary Societies (5th ed.) #44Page Scan
Missionary Songs for the use of Missionary Societies, Missionary and Gleaners' Bands and Other Missionary Meetings #d69
Missionary Songs: for the use of missionary societies, missionary and gleaners' bands,and other missionary meetings, with special provision for missionary concerts #5Page Scan
Sacred Poems and Hymns #256Text
The American Baptist Sabbath-School Hymn-Book #447Page Scan
The Baptist Harp: a new collection of hymns for the closet, the family, social worship, and revivals #522Page Scan
The Baptist Praise Book #1214Page Scan
The Baptist Sabbath School Hymn Book #d366
The Camp-Meeting Chorister: or, a collection of hymns and spiritual songs, for the pious of all denominations. To be sung at camp meetings, during revivals of religion, and on other occasions #346Page Scan
The Devotional Hymn and Tune Book: for social and public worship #429Page Scan
The Devotional Hymn Book #d450
The People's Hymnal: for use in public and social worship #446Page Scan
The Prayer Meeting Hymn Book: a Selection of Standard Evangelical Hymns for Prayer and Conference Meetings #d246
The Psalms and Hymns, with the Doctrinal Standards and Liturgy of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church in North America #H568Page Scan
The Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs of the Rev. Isaac Watts, D. D.: to which are added select hymns, from other authors; and directions for musical expression (New ed.) #D374Page Scan
The Sacred Lyre: a new collection of hymns and tunes, for social and family worship #367Page Scan
The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #578TextPage Scan
Union Hymns. Rev. #d363
Union Hymns. Rev. #d373
Union Hymns: adapted to Social Meetings and Family Worship Selected from Church Psalmody, with Additional Hymns #d385
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