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 >
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¬larged, 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."