Free, though in chains, the mountains stand,
The valleys link'd run through the land;
In fellowship the forests thrive,
And streams from streams their strength derive.
The cattle graze in flocks and herds,
In choirs and concerts sing the birds;
Insects by millions ply the wing,
And flowers in peaceful armies spring.
All nature is society,
All nature's voices harmony,
All colours blend to form pure light,--
Why then should Christians not unite?
Thus to the Father pray'd the Son,
"One may they be as We are one,
That I in them, and Thou in me,
They one with Us may ever be."
Children of God! combine your bands;
Brethren in Christ! join hearts and hands,
And pray,--for so the Father will'd,
That the Son's prayer may be fulfill'd:--
Fulfill'd in you, fulfill'd in all,
That on the name of Jesus call,
And every covenant of love
They bind on earth be bound above.
Source: Sacred Poems and Hymns #154
Free, yet in chains, the mountains stand. J. Montgomery. [Christian Union.] Written for the Sheffield Sunday School Union, Whitsuntide gathering, 1837, and printed on a flyleaf for that occasion, [M. MSS.] It was included in his Original Hymns, 1853, No. 154, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed, "Christian Union symbolized by Natural Objects." In the Scottish Evangelical Union Hymnal, 1878, it begins, "Free, though in chains, the mountains stand." This reading is found in some copies of the Original Hymns, but is not the original text.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
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|Sacred Poems and Hymns #154||Free, though in chains, the mountains stand||Free, though in chains, the mountains stand||James Montgomery||188.8.131.52||1854|
|The Harp: being a collection of hymns and spiritual songs, adapted to all purposes of social and religious worship #28||Free, yet in chains, the mountains stand||Free, yet in chains, the mountains stand||1840|