Blessed be Thy name

Blessed be thy name, Jesus Christ, the same

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 5 hymnals

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Blessed be Thy name,
Jesus Christ!--the same
Yesterday, to-day, for ever,
What from Thee my soul shall sever,
While I hear Thy voice,
And in Thee rejoice?

Guide me with Thine eye;
Warn to fight or fly,
When the foe, a lion raging,
Or, with serpent guile assuaging,
Comes in wrath to tear,
Or by fraud ensnare.

Hold me with Thine hand,
For by faith I stand;
On Thy strength my sole reliance,
In Thy truth my whole affiance;
Then where'er I roam,
I am travelling home.

Lord, Thy word is light;
Led by it aright,
When a pilgrim, like my Fathers,
Life's last shadow round me gathers,
May its brightening ray
Shine to perfect day.

With my latest breath,
Overcoming death,
198
From the body disencumber'd
With thy Saints in glory number'd,
Jesus, may I be
Found in peace with Thee.

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: Blessed be thy name, Jesus Christ, the same
Title: Blessed be Thy name
Author: James Montgomery
Meter: 5.5.8.8.5.5
Language: English

Notes

Blessed be Thy Name. J. Montgomery. [Journeying.] In the "M. MSS," this hymn is dated "January 13th, 1835," and is there stated to have been sent in manusript to several persons at different dates. In 1853 it was given in Montgomery's Original Hymns, No. 194, in 5 stanzas of 6 lines and headed, "Prayers on Pilgrimage.—'Lord, help me.' Matt, xv. 25." Adopted by several collections.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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