What is the World?--a wildering maze,
Where sin hath track'd ten thousand ways,
Her victims to ensnare;
All broad, and winding, and aslope,
All tempting with perfidious hope,
All ending in despair.
Millions of pilgrims throng those roads,
Bearing their baubles or their loads,
Down to eternal night;
--One only path that never bends,
Narrow, and rough, and steep, ascends
From darkness into light.
Is there no guide to show that path?
The Bible!--He alone who hath
The Bible need not stray;
But He who hath, and will not give
That light of life to all that live,
Himself shall lose the way.
Sacred Poems and Hymns
What is the world? a wildering maze. J. Montgomery. [Holy Scripture a Light.] In his Poetical Works 1851, p. 304, Montgomery dates this hymn “1815": but in his newspaper, the Sheffield Iris, of 1817, he printed it in 3 stanzas of 6 lines, and dated it "February, 1817." Under these circumstances it is difficult to say which of these dates is correct. The hymn was repeated in Montgomery's Greenland and Other Poems, 1819, p. 187; his Christian Psalmist, 1825, No. 548; his Poetical Works, 1828, and his Original Hymns, 1853, No. 26. It is also found in Cotterill’s Selection, 1819, and in several of the older and modern hymnbooks. It is not, however, a good example of Montgomery's powers as a writer of hymns.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Instances (1 - 12 of 12)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|A Collection of Hymns, for the use of the United Brethren in Christ: taken from the most approved authors, and adapted to public and private worship #67||What is the world? a wildering maze||What is the world? a wildering maze||Anon.||1858|
|Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (2nd ed.) #262||What is the world? a wildering maze||What is the world? a wildering maze||1838|
|Hymn book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (4th ed.) #262||What is the world, a wildering maze||What is the world, a wildering maze||Montg.||1842|
|Hymns for Schools and Families #d535||What is the world, a wildering maze||What is the world, a wildering maze||James Mongtomery||1853|
|Hymns for Schools and Families, Specailly Designed for the Children of the Church #409||What is the world? A wildering maze||What is the world? A wildering maze||Montgomery||1859|
|Plymouth Collection of Hymns and Tunes; for the use of Christian Congregations #395||What is the world?-- a wildering maze||What is the world?-- a wildering maze||Montgomery||1855|
|Sacred Poems and Hymns #26||What is the World?||What is the World?||James Montgomery||18.104.22.168.8.6||1854|
|The Baptist Harp: a new collection of hymns for the closet, the family, social worship, and revivals #511||What is the world? a wildering maze||What is the world? a wildering maze||Montgomery||1849|
|The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book: being "The Plymouth Collection" enlarged and adapted to the use of Baptist churches #395||What is the world?--a wildering maze||What is the world?--a wildering maze||Montgomery||1857|
|The Congregational Hymn Book: for the service of the sanctuary #327||What is the world? A wildering maze||What is the world? A wildering maze||Montgomery||1857|
|The Harp: being a collection of hymns and spiritual songs, adapted to all purposes of social and religious worship #61||What is the world?--a wildering maze||What is the world?--a wildering maze||1840|
|The Sacred Lyre: a new collection of hymns and tunes, for social and family worship #59||What is the world? a wildering maze||What is the world? a wildering maze||Montgomery||1858|