Eternity! Eternity

Eternity! Eternity! That boundless, soundless, tideless, sea

Author: James Montgomery
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Eternity! Eternity!
That boundless, soundless, tideless, sea,
Of mysteries the mystery,
What is Eternity to me?

Infinite bliss or misery,
Woe past, woe present, woe to be;
The fulness of felicity;
These are Eternity to me.

Two voices from Eternity!
A voice from heaven comes down to me,
A voice from bell breaks dolefully,
"Life, Death, O Man! are offer'd thee."

The abyss is moved; even Wrath cries "Flee!"
The height expands, and Love cries "See
What God hath here prepared for thee;
Choose thou thine own Eternity!"

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: Eternity! Eternity! That boundless, soundless, tideless, sea
Title: Eternity! Eternity
Author: James Montgomery
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Language: English

Notes

Eternity, Eternity, That boundless, &c. J. Montgomery. [Eternity.] In the M.MSS. this hymn is dated, "The Mount, December 20,1836" (the "Mount" was his Sheffield residence), but it did not appear in print, so far as has been traced, until his Original Hymns, 1853, where it is given as No. 238 in 4 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed with a line of one of his most popular hymns, "Forever with the Lord."

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)




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