What secret hand, at morning-light

What secret hand, at morning light

Author: James Montgomery
Tune: RAGLAN
Published in 36 hymnals

Representative Text

What secret hand, at morning-light,
By stealth, unseals mine eye,
Draws back the curtain of the night,
And opens earth and sky?

'Tis thine, my God! the same that kept
My resting hours from harm;
No ill came nigh me, for I slept
Beneath the Almighty's arm.

'Tis Thine,--my daily bread that brings,
Like manna scatter'd round:
And clothes me, as the lily springs,
In beauty from the ground.

This is the hand that shaped my frame,
And gave my pulse to beat;
That bare me oft through flood and flame,
Through tempest, cold, and heat.

In death's dark valley, though I stray,
'Twould there my stops attend,
Guide with Thy staff my lonely way,
And with Thy rod defend.

May that dear hand uphold me still,
Through life's uncertain race,
To bring me to Thy holy Hill,
And to Thy dwelling place!

Sacred Poems and Hymns

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: What secret hand, at morning light
Title: What secret hand, at morning-light
Author: James Montgomery
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English

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Instances

Instances (1 - 36 of 36)
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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship #45

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (10th ed.) #45

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (6th ed.) #45

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. (3rd ed.) #45

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. (45th ed.) #45

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. 16th ed. #45

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A Selection of Sacred Songs. 2nd ed. #134

Book of Common Praise #d631

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Christian Hymns for Public and Private Worship #843

Family Singing Book. Rev ed. with Supplement #d308

Grammar School Hymn Book #d292

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Hymn Book for Christian Worship #88

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Hymn Book for Christian Worship. 8th ed. #a88

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Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church #768

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Hymnal Companion to the Prayer Book with Accompanying Tunes (Second Edition) #6

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Hymnal Companion to the Prayer Book #254a

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Hymnal Companion to the Prayer Book #254b

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Hymnal Companion to the Prayer Book #6

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Hymns and Offices of Worship #302

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Hymns for Christian Devotion #937

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Hymns for Christian Devotion #937

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Hymns for Christian Melody #972

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Hymns for Schools #260

Hymns for the Hospital Chapel, Worcester #d227

Hymns for the Vestry and the Fireside #d336

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Offices of Worship and Hymns #302

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Sacred Poems and Hymns #208

Songs for the School Room #d146

The Book of Common Praise #d652

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The Disciples' Hymn Book #6

The Halifax Selection of Hymns #d456

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The Liturgy and Hymns of the American Province of the Unitas Fratrum #807

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The Psalmody #998

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The School Hymn-Book #32

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The Sunday School Liturgy. (4th ed.) #2

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