They Walked with God

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1 They walked with God in peace and love
but failed with one another;
while sternly for the faith they strove,
they fell out with each other.
But he in whom they put their trust,
who knew their frames,
that they were dust,
with pity healed their weakness.

2 He found them in his house of prayer
with one accord assembled,
and so revealed his presence there;
they wept for joy and trembled.
One cup they drank, one bread they broke,
on baptism shared,
one language spoke,
forgiving and forgiven.

3 Then forth they went, with tongues of flame
in one blessed theme delighting;
the love of Jesus, and his name,
God's children all uniting.
That love our theme and watchword still;
the law of love
may we fulfill -
give love as love we're given.

Source: Moravian Book of Worship #396

Author: James Montgomery, 1771-1854

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 >

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First Line: They walked with God in peace and love
Title: They Walked with God
Author: James Montgomery, 1771-1854 (alt.)
Meter: 8.7.8.7.8.8.7. Iambic
Language: English

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