Here young and old, here great and small

Here young and old, here great and small

Author: James Montgomery
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Here young and old, here great and small,
Here rich and poor together meet:
The Lord, the Maker of them all,
Gives audience from the Mercy-seat.

While faith may see Him eye to eye,
And guilt in vain would shun the light,
The hidden things of darkness lie
Naked and open to His sight.

Not as to others we may seem,
Who look but on the outward guise;
Or of ourselves we fondly dream,
A foolish people and unwise:--

But what we are in heart and soul,
His sin-abhorring eyes discern;
On Him we wait, the true, the whole
Sad secret of ourselves to learn.

Taught by His Son, may we believe
In Him our Father reconciled;
Led by His Spirit, each receive
His kingdom as a little child.

With reverence, then, and godly fear,
While prayer and praise our tongues employ,
O that we all may now draw near
To God, as our exceeding joy!

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: Here young and old, here great and small
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English