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

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

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