A race on earth, a race we run

A race on earth, a race we run

Author: James Montgomery
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A race on earth, a race we run,
And bold a prize in view,
More bright than if we chased the sun
Through heaven's eternal blue.

Changes we prove, and vanish soon,--
Changes from youth to age,--
Transient as those that shape the moon
On her brief pilgrimage.

Like constellations on their way,
That meet the morning light,
We travel up to higher day,
We pass through deeper night.

Their tasks the heavenly hosts fulfil,
Ere long to shine their last;
We, if we do our Father's will,
Shall shine when they are past.

Knit like the social stars in love,
Fair as the moon, and clear
As yonder sun, enthroned above,
Christians through life appear,

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 >

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First Line: A race on earth, a race we run
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English