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Yea, I will extol Thee

Yea, I will extol thee, Lord of life and light

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 11 hymnals

Representative Text

Yea, I will extol Thee
Lord of life and light,
For Thine arm upheld me,
Turn'd my foes to flight;
I implored Thy succour,
Thou wert swift to save,
Heal my wounded spirit,
Bring me from the grave.

Sing, ye saints, sing praises!
Call His love to mind,
For a moment angry,
But for ever kind;
Grief may, like a stranger,
Through the night sojourn,
Yet shall joy, to-morrow,
With the sun return.

In my wealth I vaunted,
"Nought shall move me hence;
Thou hast made my mountain,
Strong in Thy defence:"--
Then Thy face was hidden,
Trouble laid me low,
"Lord," I cried right humbly,
"Why forsake me so?"

"Would my blood appease Thee,
In atonement shed?
Can the dust give glory?--
Praise employ the dead?
Hear me, Lord, in mercy,
God my Helper, hear."
--Long Thou didst not tarry,
Help and health were near.

Thou hast turn'd my mourning
Into minstrelsy,
Girded me with gladness,
Set from thraldom free:
Thee my ransom'd powers
Henceforth shall adore,
Thee, my great Deliverer,
Laud for evermore.

Sacred Poems and Hymns

Author: James Montgomery

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 >

Text Information

First Line: Yea, I will extol thee, Lord of life and light
Title: Yea, I will extol Thee
Author: James Montgomery
Meter: D
Language: English



Instances (1 - 11 of 11)

A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #549

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A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion. (10th ed.) #549

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Hymns of the Spirit #510

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National Hymn and Tune Book #261

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Offices of Worship and Hymns #760


Sacred Poems and Hymns #190

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The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book #900

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The Liturgy and the Office of Worship and Hymns of the American Province of the Unitas Fratrum, or the Moravian Church #760

The Sabbath Chimes #d334

Unitarian Service Book, and Hymns for Church and Home. Abridged ed. #d500

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