A world of sinners once was drowned

A world of sinners once was drowned

Author: James Montgomery
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A world of sinners once was drown'd,
A deluge swept them all away;
One family alone had found
Mercy in that great Judgment Day.

Forewarn'd of wrath to come, they fear'd,
And, taught by God, prepared an ark,
Which o'er the waves in sunshine steer'd,
Where all below was dead and dark.

Again the Spirit of the Lord
Moved on the formless deep and void,
And to the Patriarchs sight restored
The relics of that world destroyed:

A world without a breathing soul,
Or sign of life in plant or tree;
Stretch'd like a corpse from pole to pole,
Untravell'd land, unvoyaged sea!

Then from their hiding place they came,
And straightway built an altar there;
Whence rose to heaven the double flame
Of pure burnt sacrifice and prayer.

We, in an ark not made with hands,
God's own new covenant of peace,
Which on the rock of ages stands,
Seek refuge till his anger cease.

Then, as the cloud-born rainbow smiled
On Noah's ransom'd ones, we trace
Our heavenly Father reconciled
In our incarnate Saviour's face.

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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 world of sinners once was drowned
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English