Time grows not old with length of years

Time grows not old with length of years

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 6 hymnals

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Time grows not old with length of years;
Changes he brings but changes not;
New born each moment he appears;
We run our race, and are forgot.

Stars in perennial rounds return,
As from eternity they came,
And to eternity might burn;
We are not for one hour the same.

Spring flowers renew their glad perfume,
But ere a second spring they fly;
Our life is longer than their bloom,
Our bloom is sweeter,--yet we die.

Stars, like Spring-flowers, shall pass away;
Time, like the stars, must cease to roll;
We have what never can decay,--
Like flowers and stars and time,--a soul.

Lord God! when time shall end his flight,
Stars set and flowers revive no more;
May we behold Thy face in light,
Thy love in Jesus Christ adore.

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: Time grows not old with length of years
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English



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Sacred Poems and Hymns #223

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Songs of the Church #1154

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Sunday-School Hymns #177

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The American Baptist Sabbath-School Hymn-Book #490

Union Hymns. Rev. #d413

Union Hymns. Rev. #d427

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