My God, beneath Thy watching eye

My God, beneath Thy watching eye

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 4 hymnals

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My God, beneath Thy watching eye,
I laid me down and slept;
Thy tender mercy, ever nigh,
In peace my spirit kept.

Under the shadow of Thy wings,
My weary limbs reposed,
And, undisturb'd by earthly things,
A day of labour closed.

Safe in Thine everlasting arms,
That compass'd me around,
Body and soul, from outward harms,
And inward fears were found.

Thus, till the morn in beauty broke,
My sleep was sweet to me;
Thy voice then call'd me, I awoke,
And found myself with Thee.

Humbly beside my couch I knelt,
And while I strove to pray,
The earnest in my heart I felt
Of blessings through the day.

Oh! oft, to cheer me, to and fro,
By restless passions driven,
Such nights of calm from care and woe,
Such days of hope be given.



Source: Sacred Poems and Hymns #210

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: My God, beneath Thy watching eye
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English

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