God is our refuge and defense; In trouble our unfailing aid

God is our refuge and defense; In trouble our unfailing aid

Author: James Montgomery
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1 GOD is our refuge and defense,
In trouble our unfailing aid;
Secure in his omnipotence,
What does can make our souls afraid?

2 There is a river, pure and bright,
Whose streams make glad the heavenly plains;
There, in eternity of light,
The city of our God remains.

3 Not on a seraph's wing of fire--
But on the mightier wings of prayer,
We reach that home of pure desire,
And feel his cloudless presence there.

4 But soon, how soon! our spirits droop,
Unwont the air of heaven to breathe;
Yet God, in very deed, will stoop,
And dwell himself with men beneath.

5 Come to thy living temples, then;
As in the ancient times appear;
Let earth be Paradise again,
And man, O God, thine image here!

Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #74

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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MACHS MIT MIR was first published in the collection of music Das ander Theil des andern newen Operis Geistlicher Deutscher Lieder (1605) by Bartholomäus Gesius (b. Münchenberg, near Frankfurt, Germany, c. 1555; d. Frankfurt, 1613). A prolific composer, Gesius wrote almost exclusively for the churc…

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The tune name ALLEIN GOTT derives from the opening words of Decius's rhymed text in High German. The tune was first published in Schumann's Geistliche Lieder. Decius adapted the tune from a tenth-century Easter chant for the Gloria text, beginning at the part accompanying the words "et in terra pax.…

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