Through shades and solitudes profound

Through shades and solitudes profound

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 17 hymnals

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1 Through shades and solitudes profound,
The fainting traveller winds his way;
Bewildering meteors glare around,
Ad tempt his wandering feet astray.

2 Welcome, thrice welcome, to his eye,
The sudden moon's inspiring light,
When forth she sallies through the sky,
The guardian angel of the night!

3 Thus mortals, blind and weak, below
Pursue the phantom bliss, in vain;
The world's a wilderness of wo,
And life a pilgrimage of pain!

4 Beyond the narrow vale of time,
Where bright celestial ages roll,
To scenes eternal, scenes sublime,
She points the way, and leads the soul.

5 At her approach the grave appears
The gate of Paradise restor'd;
Her voice the watching cherub hears,
And drops his double-flaming sword.

6 Baptiz'd with her renewing fire,
May we the crown of glory gain:
Rise when the hosts of heaven expire,
And reign with God, for ever reign!

Source: Hymns, Selected and Original: for public and private worship (1st ed.) #211

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 >

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First Line: Through shades and solitudes profound
Author: James Montgomery

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A Collection of Hymns and a Liturgy #611

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the Sanctuary #485

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Hymn Book for Christian Worship #631

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Hymn Book for Christian Worship. 8th ed. #a631

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Hymns, Selected and Original, for Public and Private Worship #211

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Hymns, Selected and Original #211

Hymns, Selected from Various Authors, for the Use of Young Persons 3rd Am. from 9th London ed. #d236

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Hymns #211

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Hymns #211

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Hymns #211

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Hymns #211

Select Melodies, comprising the Best of Those Hymns and Spiritual Songs in Common Use #d246

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Social Hymns, and Spiritual Songs #254

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