God in his temple let us meet

God in his temple let us meet

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 16 hymnals

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God in his temple let us meet:
Low on our knees before Him bend,
Here hath He fix'd his Mercy-seat,
Here on his worship we attend.

Arise into thy resting-place,
Thou, and thine ark of strength, O Lord!
Shine through the veil, we seek Thy face;
Speak, for we hearken to Thy word.

With righteousness Thy priests array;
Joyful Thy chosen people be;
Let those who teach, and hear, and pray,
Let all be Holiness to Thee!

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: God in his temple let us meet
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English


God in His temple let us meet. J. Montgomery. [Ps. cxxxii.] Appeared in Cotterill's Selection, 1819, p. 74, in 4 stanzas of 8 lines. In the revised edition of 1820, lines 1-12 were given instead of the full text of the previous edition, thus making a hymn in 3 stanzas of 4 lines. This was repeated in Montgomery's Songs of Zion, 1822, as No. 1 of Ps. 132, and the rest of the Cotterill text of 1819 as No. 2, beginning, "Lord, for Thy servant David's sake." Pt. i. was also included in his Original Hymns, 1853, No. 101. Both parts are in common use as separate hymns, but the first is found in the greater number of hymn books.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



Henry Kemble Oliver (b. Beverly, MA, 1800; d. Salem, MA, 1885) composed FEDERAL STREET in 1832, possibly as an imitation of earlier psalm tunes in long meter. He took it to a music class taught by Lowell Mason (who may have contributed to the harmony); Mason (PHH 96) published it in his Boston Acade…

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