We ask for donations here just twice a year, and this is one of those times. So, before you hit the "close" button on this box, would you consider a donation to keep Hymnary.org going? Even small amounts help, and they also let us know you're behind us and support what we do.

Last month, our Hymnary website had almost 1 million visitors from around the world: people like you who love hymns. To serve our users well takes money, and we have limited sources of revenue. This fund drive is one such source.

You can make your tax-deductible contribution by sending a check to Hymnary.org at 3201 Burton SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546, or you can click the Donate button below. From the entire Hymnary.org team, our grateful thanks.

While saints and angels, glorious King

While saints and angels, glorious King

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 2 hymnals

Representative Text

While saints and angels, glorious King,
Day without night Thy praises sing;
Thou wilt not humbler strains despise,
The songs of children reach the skies.

Amidst the whole creation's cares,
The meanest worm Thy bounty shares;
Thine eyes the depths of ocean see,
The grave itself hides not from Thee.

While want and hardships were our lot,
Thou knew'st us, though we knew Thee not;
Now we adore Thine hand that sends,
Our earthly comforts, home, and friends.

With these Thy heavenly gifts afford,
Thy Son, Thy Spirit, and Thy Word:--
Thy Word to teach our wayward youth,
Thy pure commandments, God of truth!--

Thy Spirit to dispel the night
Of sin and error, God of light!--
Thy Son, to raise our minds above
This world's affections, God of love!

For all the good Thy grace imparts,
What shall we give Thee?--take our hearts:
O seal them by Thy power divine,
In life, in death, for ever Thine.

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: While saints and angels, glorious King
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English


While saints and angels, glorious King. J. Montgomery. [Charitable Objects.] Published in Dr. Sutton's Psalms & Hymns, . . . . , Sung at the Parish Church, Sheffield, 2nd ed., en┬Člarged, 1816, No. 102, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines. It was repeated in Cotterill's Selection, 1819, No. 255; in Montgomery's Christian Psalmist, 1825, No. 540, and in his Original Hymns, 1853, No. 345. In the last two works it is headed "For the Children in a Charity School." It was probably written to be sung at an anniversary of one of the Sheffield Charity Schools. Sometimes it begins with stanza iv. as "Father Thy heavenly gifts afford."

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



Instances (1 - 2 of 2)

A Selection of Hymns for the Use of Church of England Sunday Schools, Bible Classes ... New ed. #d314


Sacred Poems and Hymns #345

Suggestions or corrections? Contact us


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