Humbly, my God, with Thee I walk

Humbly, my God, with Thee I walk

Author: James Montgomery
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Humbly, my God, with Thee I walk,
And sweet communion hold;
With Thee in my soul's silence talk,
And all my heart unfold.

But what a heart for Thee to look
Into its depths, and read,
As in the volume of a book,
The thoughts which thence proceed!

Its vain imaginations, vain
Affections and desires,
Its thirst for glory, grandeur, gain,
False hopes, false fears, false fires:--

These would I not from Thee conceal,
Nor thus myself deceive;
No, grant me, Lord, my sins to feel,
To feel them and to grieve:--

Grieve, and with penitence confess,
Till Thou art pleased to show
Mercy on my unrighteousness,
And give me joy for woe.

How blest my lot no tongue can tell,
if such my walk might be,
As seeing Thee, invisible,
For ever seeing me.

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: Humbly, my God, with Thee I walk
Author: James Montgomery
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English

Notes

Humbly, my God, with Thee I walk. J. Montgomery. [The walk of Faith.] Written "at Dinsdale Hotel, Sept. 14, 1835," and sent in manuscript to several persons from time to time (Montgomery manuscript). It was given in his Original Hymns, 1853, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, as No. 167, and is in common use through a few collections.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)




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