What secret hand, at morning-light

What secret hand, at morning light

Author: James Montgomery
Tune: RAGLAN
Published in 35 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

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: 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 - 35 of 35)
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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

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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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: with accompanying tunes #6

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Hymns and Offices of Worship: for use in schools: with an appendix of tunes #302

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Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination #937

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Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination. (New ed.) #937

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Hymns for Christian Melody #972

Hymns for the Hospital Chapel, Worcester #d227

Hymns for the Vestry and the Fireside #d336

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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: a collection of hymns and chants for public and private devotion #6

The Halifax Selection of Hymns: intended as a Supplement to Dr. Watts' Psalms and 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: a collection of hymns for public and social worship #998

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The School Hymn-Book: for normal, high, and grammar schools #32

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

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