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We meet for evening prayer

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1 We meet for Evening prayer!
Lord, give us life divine;
Let every tongue thy praise declare
And all our hearts be thine.

2 Hark! the sweet anthems rise
Where pagan altars stand;
The swelling chorus mounts the skies
From every pagan land.

3 While glad hosannas ring
From desert, rock, and sea;
The heathen tribes their children bring,
And give them, Lord, to thee.

Source: Juvenile Choir: for the use of Sabbath Schools, Bible Classes and the social circle #81

Author: James Montgomery

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 >

Text Information

First Line: We meet for evening prayer
Author: James Montgomery
Copyright: Public Domain


DENNIS (Nägeli)

Lowell Mason (PHH 96) arranged DENNIS and first published it in The Psaltery (1845), a hymnal he compiled with George. Webb (PHH 559). Mason attributed the tune to Johann G. Nageli (b. Wetzikon, near Zurich, Switzerland, 1773; d. Wetzikon, 1836) but included no source reference. Nageli presumably pu…

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ST. THOMAS (Williams)

ST. THOMAS is actually lines 5 through 8 of the sixteen-line tune HOLBORN, composed by Aaron Williams (b. London, England, 1731; d. London, 1776) and published in his Collection (1763, 1765) as a setting for Charles Wesley's text "Soldiers of Christ, Arise" (570). The harmonization is by Lowell Maso…

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Instances (1 - 10 of 10)

American Sunday School Hymn Book. 2nd ed. #a356

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American Sunday School Hymn Book. New ed. #aa356

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Juvenile Choir #81

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Mission Songs #[66]

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Songs of Gladness for the Sabbath School #72a

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The American Baptist Sabbath-School Hymn-Book #449

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The American Sunday-School Hymn-Book #356

The Baptist Sabbath School Hymn Book #d446

Union Hymns. Rev. #d436

Union Hymns. Rev. #d449

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