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.

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

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 morning stars in concert sang
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English


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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