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 >
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.