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We know the condescending grace

We know the condescending grace

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 1 hymnal

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We know the condescending grace
Of our Lord Jesus Christ:--We know
He came to seek and save our race
From sin, and death, and endless woe.

Rich ere the world began,--on earth
Impov'rish'd to retrieve our loss,
And, from the manger at His birth,
Exalted only to the Cross.

Yet in that humble crib was He
God in the flesh made manifest:
And, on that ignominious tree,
God over all, for ever blest.

Then, at His manger let us meet,
In spirit our Emmanuel own,
Or round the cross, beneath His feet,
Hail Him as on the Father's Throne.

That throne and cross united here
Time nor eternity can part,
As one henceforth the twain appear,
Seen only by the pure in heart:--

The pure in heart, for they alone
Can on the cross's glory gaze,
Where the Lamb slain amidst the Throne
Adoring saints and angels praise.

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 >

Text Information

First Line: We know the condescending grace
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English