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A Sabbath in the Sick Chamber

Thousands, O Lord of Hosts! this day

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 33 hymnals

Representative Text

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

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 >

Text Information

First Line: Thousands, O Lord of Hosts! this day
Title: A Sabbath in the Sick Chamber
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 33 of 33)
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A Collection of Hymns #400

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A Collection of Hymns for the use of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in America #665

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A Liturgy and Hymns for Church Sunday Schools #193

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A Selection of Hymns #468

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 #244

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Hymnal Companion to the Prayer Book #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 #85e

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New Hymn and Tune Book #85e

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New Union Hymns #395

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Parish Hymns #480

Parish Psalmody #d822

Parish Psalmody #d836

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Plymouth Collection #a783

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


Sacred Poems and Hymns #183

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The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book #783

The Book of Common Praise #d611

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The Gospel Psalmist #460

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The Heart and Voice #159c

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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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