In this season of Thanksgiving, we are grateful to the many people who benefit from Hymnary on a regular basis.

So far in 2021 we have had more than 8 million people from more than 200 countries around the globe come to the Hymnary website! Thank you to all who use and all who support it with gifts of time, talent and treasure.

If you feel moved to support our work today with a gift of any amount and a word of encouragement, we would be grateful. To donate online, please use the Calvin University secure giving site. If you'd like to make a gift by check, please send it to:, Calvin University, 3201 Burton Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.

Where'er the Patriarch pitched his tent

Where'er the Patriarch pitched his tent

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 1 hymnal

Representative Text

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

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'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)


Instances (1 - 1 of 1)

Sacred Poems and Hymns #39

Suggestions or corrections? Contact us


It looks like you are using an ad-blocker. Ad revenue helps keep us running. Please consider white-listing or subscribing to eliminate ads entirely and help support