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The morning stars in concert sang

The morning stars in concert sang

Author: James Montgomery
Tune: MEDWAY (Pergolesi)
Published in 4 hymnals

Representative Text

The morning stars in concert sang,
When God created heaven and earth;
And earth and heaven with music rang,
When angels hail'd Messiah's birth.

From Eden to the King of kings,
In sinless man's primeval days,
The voices of all living things,
All nature's sounds, were notes of praise.

When Adam by transgression fell,
Concord to dissonance was changed,
And strife, the element of hell,
The young world's harmony deranged.

Nor ever, since His Sabbath-rest,
When the great Maker from the skies,
His finish'd works beheld and bless'd,
Have songs of glory ceased to rise.

Where two or three in union meet,
Or thousands throng the house of prayer,
Heart-melodies, thanksgivings sweet,
And faithful vows are offer'd there.

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Now, with all instruments in one,
All Spirits tuned to one accord,
Our prayer be this,--"Thy will be done;"
And this our anthem,--"Praise the Lord!"

Sacred Poems and Hymns

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 morning stars in concert sang
Author: James Montgomery
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

The morning stars in concert sang. J. Montgomery. [Praise.] Written for the Sheffield Sunday School Union Whit Monday gathering of 1849, and printed on a broad sheet for use on that occasion. In Montgomery's Original Hymns, 1853, in 6 stanzas of 4 1ines it is given "For the Opening of an Organ," for which it is well adapted.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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Instances

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Church Harmonies #991

Prayers and Hymns for the Church and the Home #d653

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Sacred Poems and Hymns #302

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The Gospel Psalmist #951

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