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Where'er the Patriarch pitched his tent

Where'er the Patriarch pitched his tent

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 1 hymnal

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Where'er the Patriarch pitch'd his tent,
He built an altar to his God,
And sanctified, where'er he went,
With faith and prayer, the ground he trod.

Through all the East, for riches famed,
Heaven's gifts, he set his heart on none;
Nor, when the dearest was reclaim'd,
Withheld his son, his only son.

Wherefore, in blessing, he was blest;
Friendless, the friend of God became;
Long-wandering, every where found rest;
Long child-less, nations bear his name.

Nor nations born of blood alone,
The father of the faithful he;
Where'er his promised seed is known,
Faith's heirs are his posterity.

My God, what Thou hast made my home,
Let me Thy sanctuary make;
My God, if call'd by Thee to roam,
Glad may I all for Thee forsake.

Thy law, Thy Love, be my delight,
Whate'er I do, or think, or am,
Walking by faith, and not by sight,
Like a true child of Abraham.

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'er the Patriarch pitched his tent
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English


Where'er the Patriarch pitch'd his tent. J. Montgomery. [Abraham, the Father of the Faithful]. Written "Jan. 5, 1834" [M. MSS.], and published in Leifchild's Original Hymns, 1843, No. 25, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines; and again in Montgomery's Original Hymns, 1853, No. 39. It is given in a few modern hymn-books only.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)