Thousands, O Lord of Hosts! this day

Thousands, O Lord of Hosts! this day

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 31 hymnals

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Thousands, O Lord of Hosts! this day,
Around Thine altar meet;
And tens of thousands throng to pay
Their homage at Thy feet.

They see Thy power and glory there,
As I have seen them too;
They read, they hear, they join in prayer,
As I was wont to do.

They sing Thy deeds, as I have sung
In sweet and solemn lays;
Were I among them, my glad tongue
Might learn new themes of praise.

For Thou art in their midst to teach
When on Thy name they call,
And Thou hast blessings, Lord, for each,--
Hast blessings, Lord, for all.

I, of such fellowship bereft,
In spirit turn to Thee;
Oh! hast not Thou a blessing left,
A blessing, Lord, for me?

The dew lies thick on all the ground;
Shall my poor fleece be dry?
The manna rains from heaven around;
Shall I of hunger die?

Behold Thy prisoner;--loose my bands,
If 'tis Thy gracious will:
If not,--contented in Thy hands,
Behold Thy prisoner still!

I may not to Thy courts repair,
Yet here Thou surely art;
Lord, consecrate an house of prayer
In my surrender'd heart.

To faith reveal the things unseen,
To hope the joys untold;
Let love, without a veil between,
Thy glory now behold.

Oh! make Thy face on me to shine,
That doubt and fear may cease;
Lift up Thy countenance benign
On me,--and give me peace.

Source: Sacred Poems and Hymns #183

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: Thousands, O Lord of Hosts! this day
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English



Instances (1 - 31 of 31)
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A Collection of Hymns #400

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A Liturgy and Hymns for Church Sunday Schools #193

Book of Common Praise #d591

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Church Pastorals, hymns and tunes for public and social worship #53

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Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church #858

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Hymnal Companion to the Prayer Book with Accompanying Tunes (Second Edition) #307

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Hymnal Companion to the Prayer Book: with accompanying tunes #307

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Hymns for Church and Home #387

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Hymns for the Sick-Room #48

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Hymns for the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev. ed. #665

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Hymns of the Ages (3rd series) #310

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Hymns of the Church Militant #94

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Hymns of the Spirit #56

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New Hymn and Tune book: an Offering of Praise for the Methodist Episcopal Church #85e

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New Union Hymns #395

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Parish Hymns: a collection of hymns for public, social, and private worship; selected and original #480

Parish Psalmody #d822

Parish Psalmody #d836

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Plymouth Collection of Hymns and Tunes; for the use of Christian Congregations #783


Sacred Poems and Hymns #183

The Book of Common Praise #d611

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The Gospel Psalmist #460

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The Liturgy and Hymns of the American Province of the Unitas Fratrum #841

The Sacred Lute #d351

The Southern Psalmist #d844

The Southern Psalmist. New ed. #d888

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