Where are the dead?

Where are the dead, in heaven or hell

Author: James Montgomery
Tune: REST (Bradbury)
Published in 39 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

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 >

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



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African Methodist Episcopal hymn and tune book: adapted to the doctrine and usages of the church. #613

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

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: for public and private worship (1st ed.) #697

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Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (4th ed. 3rd rev. ed.) #697

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Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (30th ed.) #697

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New Hymn and Tune book: an Offering of Praise for the Methodist Episcopal Church #169d

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


Sacred Poems and Hymns #226

Select Hymns #d504

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

Templi Carmina #d280

The Chapel Hymn Book #d390

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The Christian Melodist: a new collection of hymns for social religious worship #90

The Halifax Selection of Hymns: intended as a Supplement to Dr. Watts' Psalms and Hymns #d481

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The Hymn Book of the Free Methodist Church #145

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The Sacred Lyre: a new collection of hymns and tunes, for social and family worship #145

The Song Evangel #d239

Village Hymns #d643

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Village hymns for social worship, selected and original: designed as a supplement to Dr. Watts's Psalms and hymns (Stereotyped ed.) #592

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