Come to the Morning Prayer

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Come to the Morning Prayer,
Come let us kneel and pray;
Prayer is the Christian pilgrim's staff
To walk with God all day.

At noon, beneath the Rock
Of Ages, rest and pray;
Sweet is that shadow from the heat,
When the sun smites by day.

At eve, shut to the door,
Round the home-altar pray,
And finding there "the House of God,"
At "heaven's gate" close the day.

When midnight seals our eyes,
Let each in spirit say,
"I sleep, but my heart waketh, Lord,
With Thee to watch and pray."

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 >

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First Line: Come to the morning prayer
Title: Come to the Morning Prayer
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Able to save, yes, able to save


Come to the morning prayer. J. Montgomery. [Daily Prayer.] This invitation to daily worship was printed in the Evangelical Magazine for Dec. 1842, where it is dated "Aug. 4, 1842," in 4 stanzas of 4 lines. It was also included by Montgomery in his Original Hymns, 1853, No. 79, and entitled "Daily Prayer." It is given in Hymnal Companion, No. 10, in an unaltered form. It is also found in a few American collections. The most popular form of the hymn in America is “Come at the morning hour." This is found in several collections, as the Songs for the Sanctuary, 1865; the Baptist Praise Book, 1871, &c.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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