With joy we own thy servant [servants], Lord

With joy we own thy servant [servants], Lord

Author: James Montgomery
Tune: DOWNS (Mason)
Published in 17 hymnals

Representative Text

1 With joy we own thy servant, Lord,
Thy minister below,
Ordained to spread thy truth abroad,
That all thy name may know.

2 O may he now, and ever, keep
His eye intent on thee;
Do thou, great Shepherd of the sheep,
His bright example be.

3 With plenteous grace his heart prepare
To execute thy will;
And give him patience, love and care,
And faithfulness and skill.

4 Inflame his mind with ardent zeal,
Thy flock to feed and teach:
And let him live, and let him feel,
The truths he’s called to preach.

5 As show'rs refresh the thirsty plain,
So let his labors prove:
By him extend thy righteous reign—
The reign of truth and love.

Source: The Christian Hymnary. Bks. 1-4 #435

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: With joy we own thy servant [servants], Lord
Author: James Montgomery
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 17 of 17)

A Collection of Hymns and Sacred Songs. 19th ed. #d510

A Collection of Psalms and Hymns Suited to the Various Occasions of Public Worship #d376

Gloria in Excelsis #d778

Latter-Day Saint Hymns #d378

TextPage Scan

Latter-Day Saints Congregational Hymns #21

Page Scan

New Christian Hymn and Tune Book #312

Page Scan

New Christian Hymn and Tune Book #312

Sacred Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- Day Saints. 25th ed. #d365

Page Scan

The Brethren Hymnal #217

Page Scan

The Christian Hymn Book #469

The Christian Hymnal #d791

Page Scan

The Christian Hymnal #329


The Christian Hymnary. Bks. 1-4 #435

Page Scan

The Standard Church Hymnal #560

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.