Where are the dead?

Where are the dead, in heaven or hell

Author: James Montgomery
Tune: REST (Bradbury)
Published in 40 hymnals

Representative Text

Where are the dead? In heaven or hell,
Their disembodied spirits dwell;
Their buried forms in bonds of clay,
Reserved until the judgment day.

Who were the dead? The sons of time
In every age, and state, and clime;
Renown'd, dishonour'd, or forgot,
The place that knew them, knows them not.

Where are the living? on the ground,
Where prayer is heard, and mercy found;
Where, in the period of a span,
The mortal makes the immortal man.

Who are the living? They whose breath
Draws every moment nigh to death;
Of bliss or woe the eternal heirs;
O what an awful choice is theirs!

Then timely warn'd, may we begin
To follow Christ, and flee from sin;
Daily grow up in Him our Head,
Lord of the living and the dead.

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 >

Text Information

First Line: Where are the dead, in heaven or hell
Title: Where are the dead?
Author: James Montgomery
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Language: English

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African Methodist Episcopal hymn and tune book #613

Church Melodies, a Collection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d1161

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Evangelical Hymns #425

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Hymnal #616

Hymns for the Use of the Brethren in Christ #d559

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Hymns for the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev. ed. #336

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Hymns, Selected and Original, for Public and Private Worship #697

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Hymns, Selected and Original #697

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Hymns #697

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Hymns #697

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Hymns #697

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Hymns #697

Melodies of the Church #d1113

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New Hymn and Tune book #169d

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New Hymn and Tune Book #169d

Revival Hymns ... with a Supplement. 2nd ed. #d347

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Sacred Poems and Hymns #226

Select Hymns #d504

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Select Hymns #541

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Social and Camp-meeting Songs, for the Pious (9th ed. enl.) #187

Templi Carmina #d280

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The African Methodist Episcopal Hymn and Tune Book #613

The Chapel Hymn Book #d390

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The Christian Melodist #90

The Halifax Selection of Hymns #d481

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The Heart and Voice #61a

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The Hymn Book of the Free Methodist Church #145

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The Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs of the Rev. Isaac Watts, D. D. #D446

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The Sacred Lyre #145

The Song Evangel #d239

The Song Evangel #ad239

Village Hymns #d643

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Village hymns for social worship, selected and original #592

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Village hymns for social worship, selected and original #592

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Village Hymns for Social Worship, Selected and Original #592

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