This is the day the Lord hath made

This is the day the Lord hath made, Let young and old rejoice

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 10 hymnals

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This is the day the Lord hath made,
Let young and old rejoice;
To Him be vows and homage paid,
Whose service is our choice.

This is the temple of the Lord,
How dreadful is this place!
With meekness let us hear His word,
With reverence seek His face.

This is the homage He requires,--
The voice of praise and prayer,
The soul's affections, hopes, desires,
Ourselves and all we are.

While rich and poor for mercy call,
Propitious from the skies,
The Lord, the Maker of them all,
Accepts the sacrifice.

Well-pleased through Jesus Christ His Son,
From sin he grants release;
According to their faith 'tis done,
He bids them go in peace.

Source: Sacred Poems and Hymns #95

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: This is the day the Lord hath made, Let young and old rejoice
Title: This is the day the Lord hath made
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English


This is the day the Lord hath made, Let young and old rejoice. J. Montgomery. [Sunday.] Written for the Sheffield Red Hill Sunday School Anniversary, held on March 26, 1820, and printed on a fly sheet for that occasion. It was repeated in Montgomery's Christian Psalmist, 1825, No. 467; and again in his Original Hymns, 1853, No. 95, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines. Its use is limited. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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