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The morning dawns upon the place

The morning dawns upon the place

Author: James Montgomery
Tune: LEIPZIG (Psalmodist)
Published in 53 hymnals

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Representative Text

The morning dawns upon the place
Where Jesus spent the night in prayer;
Through yielding glooms behold His face,
Nor form nor comeliness is there.

Last eve, by those He called His own,
Betray'd, forsaken, or denied,
He met His enemies alone
In all their malice, rage, and pride.

Brought forth to judgment, now He stands
Arraign'd, condemn'd, at Pilate's bar:
Here, spurn'd by fierce praetorian bands,
There, mock'd by Herod's men of war.

He bears their buffeting and scorn,
Mock-homage of the lip and knee,
The purple robe, the crown of thorn,
The scourge, the nail, the accursed tree.

No guile within His mouth is found,
He neither threatens nor complains:
Meek as a lamb for slaughter bound,
Dumb 'midst His murderers He remains.

But hark! He prays--tis for His foes;
He speaks,--tis comfort to His friends;
Answers,--and Paradise bestows;
He bows His head; the conflict ends.

Truly this was the Son of God!
Though in a servant's mean disguise;
And, bruised beneath the Father's rod,
Not for Himself--for Man He dies.

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 morning dawns upon the place
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English


The morning dawns upon the place. J. Montgomery. [Passiontide.] Published in his Greenland and Other Poems, 1819, p. 181, in 4 stanzas of 8 lines and headed "Christ's Passion." In Cotterill's Selection 1819, No. 223, it is headed "For Good Friday." In his Christian Psalmist, 1825, No. 492, Montgomery gave it in a revised form in 7 stanzas of 4 lines, the omitted lines being stanza iv. 1ines 1-4.
“He dies:—the veil is rent in twain: Darkness o'er all the land is spread: High without tempest rolls the main: Earth quakes: the graves give up their dead."
The 1825 text was repeated with slight variations in Montgomery's Original Hymns, 1853, No. 61, and is that usually given in the hymn-hooks both in Great Britain and America. Sometimes the text is abbreviated. -- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



The Cyber Hymnal #9796
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The Cyber Hymnal #9796

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