When those who feared the Lord of old

When those who feared the Lord of old

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 7 hymnals

Representative Text

When those who fear'd the Lord of old
Met oft, and spoke with one accord,
A book was written, and enroll'd
Their faithful names before the Lord.

They shall be mine, Jehovah said,
And as a signet on my hand,
A crown of glory for my head,
Among my chosen jewels stand.

And I will spare them in that day,
Even as a father spares his son,
When all the proud are swept away,
The wicked, root and branch, undone.

Then shall my righteousness be shown;
Then, by their good or evil lot,
The sinner and the saint be known,
Who served the Lord, who served Him not.

Lord, we are taught Thy name to fear,
O may we tremble to offend;
Lord, we are taught to serve Thee here,
May we be faithful to the end.

Our names are on Thy Church's rolls,
But in Thy book our pardon write:
Rich was the ransom of our souls,
May they be precious in Thy sight.

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 those who feared the Lord of old
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English



Instances (1 - 7 of 7)
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A Collection of Hymns, for the use of the Wesleyan Methodist Connection of America. #346

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A New Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #903

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (2nd ed.) #418

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Hymn book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (4th ed.) #418


Sacred Poems and Hymns #149

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The Baptist Hymn Book #506

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The Harp #1153

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