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Through shades and solitudes profound

Through shades and solitudes profound

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 16 hymnals

Representative Text

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

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: Through shades and solitudes profound
Author: James Montgomery



Instances (1 - 16 of 16)
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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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Hymns, Selected and Original, for Public and Private Worship #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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Hymns, Selected and Original #211

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