What is the thing of greatest price

What is the thing of greatest price

Author: James Montgomery
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1 What is the thing of greatest price,
The whole creation round?--
That which was lost in Paradise,
That which in Christ is found.

2 The soul of man--Jehovah's breath--
That keeps two worlds at strife;
Hell moves beneath to work its death,
Heaven stoops to give it life.

3 And is this treasure borne below,
In earthen vessels frail?
Can non its utmost value know,
'Till flesh and spirit fail?

4 Then let us gather round the cross,
That knowledge to obtain;
Not by the soul's eternal loss,
But everlasting gain.

Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #374

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 >

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First Line: What is the thing of greatest price
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


What is the thing of highest [greatest] price? J. Montgomery. [The Soul.] Published in his Christian Psalmist, 1825, No. 504, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines; and again in his Original Hymns, 1853. It is found' in a few modern books in Great Britain and America.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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