Thy law is perfect, Lord of light

Thy law is perfect, Lord of light

Author: James Montgomery
Tune: NOX PRAECISSIT
Published in 62 hymnals

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Thy law is perfect, Lord of light!
Thy testimonies sure,
The statutes of Thy realm are right,
And thy commandments pure.

Holy, inviolate Thy fear,
Enduring as Thy throne:
Thy judgments, chastening or severe,
Justice and truth alone:--

More prized than gold,--than gold whose waste
Refining fire expels;
Sweeter than honey to my taste,
Than honey from the cells.

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Let these, O God! my soul convert;
And make Thy servant wise;
Let these be gladness to my heart,
The day-spring to mine eyes.

By these may I be warn'd betimes;
Who knows the guilt within?
Lord, save me from presumptuous crimes,
Cleanse me from secret sin!

So may the words my lips express,
The thoughts that throng my mind,
O Lord, my strength and righteousness!
With Thee acceptance find.

Sacred Poems and Hymns

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: Thy law is perfect, Lord of light
Author: James Montgomery
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English

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A Collection of Hymns: Supplementary to the Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #171

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship #185

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (10th ed.) #185

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (6th ed.) #185

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. (3rd ed.) #185

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. (45th ed.) #185

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. 16th ed. #185

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the Sanctuary #460

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the Use of Universalist Societies and Families 16ed. #605

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Church Pastorals, hymns and tunes for public and social worship #309

Compilation of Hymns for the Use of the Churches of the Christian Union #d745

Free Methodist Hymnal #d631

Hallowed Songs #d350

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church #164

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (11th ed.) #164

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Hymn Book of the United Evangelical Church #168

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Hymn-Book of the Evangelical Association #178

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Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church #6

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Hymns and Offices of Worship: for use in schools: with an appendix of tunes #4

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Hymns for Public Worship #348

Hymns for Social Worship and Private Devotion #d160

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Hymns for the Sanctuary and Social Worship: with tunes #154

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Hymns for the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev. ed. #681

Hymns for Use in Divine Worship ... Seventh-Day Adventists #d1160

Hymns of Faith and Life #d487

Hymns, Collects, Anthems and Selections #d253

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Offices of Worship and Hymns: with tunes, 3rd ed., revised and enlarged #125

Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Social, Private and Public Worship #d822

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Sacred Poems and Hymns #27

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Sacred Poetry #150

The American Hymn and Tune Book #d808

The Centennial Hymnal #d408

The Chorister, and School Harmonist, 1st ed. #d130

The Christian Hymn Book #d643

The Christian Hymn Book. 7th ed. #d644

The Evangelical Hymn and Tune Book #d752

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The Hymn Book of the Free Methodist Church #179

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The Liturgy and Hymns of the American Province of the Unitas Fratrum #7

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The People's Hymnal: for use in public and social worship #71

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The Seventh-Day Adventist Hymn and Tune Book: for use in divine worship #206

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The Standard Church Hymnal #551

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The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #9

The Wesleyan Methodist Hymnal #d565

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