Father of lights from whom alone

Father of lights from whom alone

Author: James Montgomery
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Father of lights! from whom alone,
All good and perfect gifts descend;
To Thee our utmost wants are known,
To us Thy benefits extend.

Thy power, thy wisdom, and thy grace
Bestow'd our being, life, and breath,
Fix'd our condition, time and place,
The moment of our birth--our death.

Though poor our lot, Thou didst not leave
Thy children in their low estate,
In helpless misery to grieve,
Or frolic on the brink of fate.

Thy servants took us by the hand,
Led to the school, the church, and Thee;
Surely in Britain's chosen land,
A goodly heritage have we.

O may we know in this our day,
The things of our eternal peace!
From strength to strength pursue our way
In faith and holiness increase.

Still with long suffering, goodness, truth,
Conduct us through this vale of tears;
With loving-kindness guard our youth,
With tender mercies crown our years.

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: Father of lights from whom alone
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English