On earth we meet again below

On earth we meet again below

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 1 hymnal

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On earth we meet again below;
But shall we ever meet above,
And all our souls together flow
In one eternal tide of love?

Some meet who never met before;
We bid them welcome on their way:
And some may part to join no more
The children's Whitsuntide array.

While the whole world before us lies,
May each, whate'er our pilgrim-path,
Be truly taught, and timely wise
To follow peace, and flee from wrath:--

That wrath, which disobedience brought
On Adam's sin-born progeny;
That peace, which our Redeemer bought,
With His own blood, upon the tree.

So be this temple to the Lord,
This Sabbath Union, which we build
Of living stones, upon His Word,
With His perpetual presence fill'd,

Death-partings, then, from earth shall be
Life-meetings in that world above,
Where life is immortality,--
An immortality of love.

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: On earth we meet again below
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English


On earth we meet again below. J. Montgomery. [For Sunday School Gatherings.] Printed on a broadsheet as No. 1 of the Hymns for the Sheffield Sunday School Union, Whit-Monday, May 27,1844, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines: also included in Montgomery's Original Hymns, 1853, No. 324.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)