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We bid thee welcome in the Name

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We bid thee welcome in the Name
Of Jesus, our exalted Head;
Come as a servant, so He came,
And we receive thee in His stead.

Come as a shepherd; guard and keep
This fold from hell, and earth, and sin;
Nourish the lambs, and feed the sheep,
The wounded heal, the lost bring in.

Come as a watchman; take thy stand
Upon thy tower amidst the sky;
And when the sword comes on the land,
Call us to fight, or warn to fly.

Come as an angel, hence to guide
A band of pilgrims on their way,
That, safely walking at thy side,
We fail not, faint not, turn, nor stray.

Come as a teacher sent from God,
Charged His whole counsel to declare;
Lift o'er our ranks the prophet's rod,
While we uphold thy hands with prayer.

Come as a messenger of peace,
Fill'd with the Spirit, fired with love;
Live to behold our large increase,
And die to meet us all above.

Sacred Poems and Hymns, 1854

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 >


We bid Thee welcome in the Name. J. Montgomery. [Induction of a Minister.] This hymn is in the M. MSS., but is undated. It was published in Montgomery's Christian Psalmist, 1825, No. 535, and again in his Original Hymns, 1853, No. 305, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed, "On the Appointment of a Minister." It is found in many collections, but usually in an abbreviated form. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)




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KEBLE (Dykes)


Henry Kemble Oliver (b. Beverly, MA, 1800; d. Salem, MA, 1885) composed FEDERAL STREET in 1832, possibly as an imitation of earlier psalm tunes in long meter. He took it to a music class taught by Lowell Mason (who may have contributed to the harmony); Mason (PHH 96) published it in his Boston Acade…

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The Cyber Hymnal #7144
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Instances (1 - 6 of 6)
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Christian Worship #547


Lutheran Worship #262

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Moravian Book of Worship #432

Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #116

The Baptist Hymnal #558


The Cyber Hymnal #7144

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