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 >
To us the voice of wisdom cries. J. Montgomery. [Invitation of Wisdom.] Appeared in Cotterill's Selection, 1819, No. 147, in 3 stanzas of 8 lines, and entitled "The voice of Wisdom." In 1825, on its republication in Montgomery's Christian Psalmist, No. 501, it was partly rewritten, and given in 7 stanzas of 4 lines, the title being also changed to "The Invitation of Wisdom." This latter text and title were repeated in his Original Hymns, 1853, No. 29. It is the text in common use.