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



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A Collection of Hymns #400Page Scan
A Liturgy and Hymns for Church Sunday Schools #193Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns: designed as a supplement to the "psalms and hymns" of the Presbyterian church #468Page Scan
Book of Common Praise #d591
Church Pastorals, hymns and tunes for public and social worship #53Page Scan
Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church #858Page Scan
Hymnal Companion to the Prayer Book with Accompanying Tunes (Second Edition) #307Page Scan
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Hymnal Companion to the Prayer Book: with accompanying tunes #307Page Scan
Hymns for Church and Home #387Page Scan
Hymns for the Sick-Room #48Page Scan
Hymns for the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev. ed. #665Page Scan
Hymns of the Ages (3rd series) #310Page Scan
Hymns of the Church Militant #94Page Scan
Hymns of the Spirit #56Page Scan
New Hymn and Tune book: an Offering of Praise for the Methodist Episcopal Church #85ePage Scan
New Hymn and Tune Book: an Offering of Praise for the Use of the African M. E. Zion Church of America #85ePage Scan
New Union Hymns #395Page Scan
Parish Hymns: a collection of hymns for public, social, and private worship; selected and original #480Page Scan
Parish Psalmody #d822
Parish Psalmody #d836
Plymouth Collection of Hymns and Tunes; for the use of Christian Congregations #783Page Scan
Sacred Poems and Hymns #183Text
The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book: being "The Plymouth Collection" enlarged and adapted to the use of Baptist churches #783Page Scan
The Book of Common Praise #d611
The Gospel Psalmist #460Page Scan
The Heart and Voice: or, Songs of Praise for the Sanctuary: hymn and tune book, designed for congregational singing in the Methodist Episcopal Church, and for congregations generally #159cPage Scan
The Liturgy and Hymns of the American Province of the Unitas Fratrum #841Page Scan
The Sacred Lute #d351
The Southern Psalmist #d844
The Southern Psalmist. New ed. #d888
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