When the overwhelming waters
Once a world of sinners drown'd,
Eight of Adam's sons and daughters,
In the Ark salvation found:
Gather'd to the Church, may we
Thus from wrath and peril flee.
When the fire from God descended
On the cities of the plain,
Three alone, by Heaven befriended,
Refuge did in Zoar gain:
By our pastors led, may we
Thus escape to Calvary.
When the midnight angel number'd
Egypt's first-born with the dead,
Israel's tribes, unsmitten slumber'd,
Where the paschal lamb had bled:
By the blood of sprinkling, we
Thus from vengeance are made free.
When, while quick and dead assemble,
Flames this universe destroy,
Though the wicked quake and tremble,
Saints shall lift their heads with joy:
Raised to life, like them, may we
With the Lord for ever be.
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 >