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 >
Worthy the Lamb for sinners slain. [Praise to Jesus.] This cento appeared in the General Baptist New Hymn Book, edited by the brothers J. B. and J. C. Pike, in 1851; and was repeated in the Baptist Hymnal, 1879, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines. Of the cento stanzas i., ii. are from J. Montgomery's "Sing we the song of those who stand," and the rest (iii.-v.) are anonymous. The Rev. W. E. Stevenson, editor of the Baptist Hymnal, is strongly inclined to think that these stanzas were by the Rev. J. G. Pike, of Derby (with whom he was co-pastor for some time), who was the father of the brothers Pike named above: but he was not quite satisfied with his authority.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)