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When men once more were multiplied

When men once more were multiplied

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 1 hymnal

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When men once more were multiplied,
In language and in heart the same,
"Come, let us build a tower," they cried,
"To heaven, and get ourselves a name."

The Lord came down to see their boast,
Troubled their speech, perplex'd their hands,
And drove the panic-smitten host
From Shinar's plains through unknown lands.

A tower and temple more sublime,
Whose top, indeed, to heaven shall reach,
Is raised,--that men of every clime
Again may have one heart, one speech.

As varying instruments accord
To form the sweetest minstrelsy,
All hearts, as one, may love the Lord,
All tongues, as one, in praise agree.

Thus, till the head-stone be brought forth,
To build that tower the saints unite;
And to the work, from south to north,
From east to west, all tribes invite.

Let young and old, as duty calls,
Help to erect God's House of Prayer;
Till He hath gather'd in its walls
Earth's scatter'd tribes, to bless them there.

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: When men once more were multiplied
Author: James Montgomery
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Language: English



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