And did the Son of God appear

And did the Son of God appear

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 1 hymnal

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And did the Son of God appear
A man of toil and suffering here?
Him let us then our pattern make,
Who toil'd and suffer'd for our sake.

Though holy, harmless, undefiled,
He learn'd obedience, from a child;
Through youth in grace and wisdom grew,
As man the Tempter's wiles o'erthrew.

Glad tidings, when He went to preach,
How mild and healing was His speech!
Though with authority He taught,
And miracles of mercy wrought.

Rebuke and scorn He meekly bore,
The more reviled He loved the more;
Thus He delighted to fulfil
Love's law,--His heavenly Father's will.

O'er land and sea, whate'er the cost,
He came to seek and save the lost;
For this he hunger'd, thirsted, sigh'd,
Watch'd, pray'd and labour'd, lived and died.

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Taught by the Holy Spirit may we
In all things like our pattern be;
By His, our words and actions framed
And bear His cross, who bear His name.

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: And did the Son of God appear
Author: James Montgomery
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Language: English

Notes

And did the Son of God appear. J. Montgomery. [Christ our Pattern.] This hymn was written for J. H. Gurney's Collection of Hymns, Lutterworth, 1838, No. 7. Respecting it Gurney says in the Preface, "One hymn, No. 7, in this collection, written upon a subject suggested to him [Montgomery] by the Editor, has never before been published." This hymn was repeated in the Mary-le-bone Psalms & Hymns, 1851, and in Montgomery's Original Hymns, 1853, No. 126, in 6 stanza of 4 lines. The title is "Christ Jesus our Pattern in doing and suffering."

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)




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