Call Jehovah thy salvation

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Call Jehovah thy salvation,
Rest beneath the Almighty's shade,
In his secret habitation
Dwell, and never be dismay'd:
There no tumult shall alarm thee,
Thou shalt dread no hidden snare,
Guile nor violence can harm thee
In eternal safeguard there.

From the sword at noon-day wasting,
From the noisome pestilence,
In the depth of midnight blasting,
God shall be thy sure defence;
Fear not thou the deadly quiver,
When a thousand feel the blow,
Mercy shall thy soul deliver,
Though ten thousand be laid low.

Only with thine eyes the anguish
Of the wicked thou shalt see,
When by slow disease they languish,
When they perish suddenly:
Thee, though winds and waves be swelling,
God, thine hope, shall bear through all;
Plague shall not come nigh thy dwelling,
Thee no evil shall befall.

He shall charge his angel legions,
Watch and ward o'er thee to keep;
Though thou walk through hostile regions,
Though in desert wilds thou sleep:
On the lion vainly roaring,
On his young, thy foot shall tread,
And, the dragon's den exploring,
Thou shalt bruise the Serpent's head.

Since, with pure and firm affection,
Thou on God hast set thy love,
With the wings of His protection
He will shield thee from above:
Thou shalt call on Him in trouble,
He will hearken, He will save,
Here for grief reward thee double,
Crown with life beyond the grave.

Sacred Poems and Hymns, 1854

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 >


Call Jehovah thy salvation. J. Montgomery. [Psalms xci.] The manuscript of this version of Psalms xci. is not preserved with the Montgomery Manuscript. The paraphrase first appeared in Montgomery's Songs of Zion, 1822; in 5 stanzas of 8 lines, and again in his Original Hymns, 1853, No. 145. As a hymn for congregational use it is generally given in an abbreviated form, both in the older and in modern collections, as in Kennedy, 1863; the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1875; and others. Original text as above. In America it has attained to a good position, and is sometimes found as, "Call the Lord, thy sure salvation." From this hymn also, the hymn, "God shall charge His angel legions," is taken. It is composed of stanzas iv. and v., and was given in the American Prayer Book Collection, 1826, and later hymn-books.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


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