A hundred years ago

One song of praise, one song of prayer

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 2 hymnals

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One song of praise, one voice of prayer,
Around, above, below;
Ye winds and waves the burthen bear,
"An hundred years ago!"

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"An hundred years ago!" What then?
There rose, the world to bless,
A little band of faithful men,
A cloud of witnesses:

It looked but like a human hand;
Few welcomed, and none fear'd,
Yet, as it open'd o'er the land,
The hand of God appear'd.

The Lord made bare His holy arm,
In sight of earth and hell;
Fiends fled before it with alarm,
And alien-armies fell.

God gave the word, and great hath been
The preachers' company;
What wonders have our fathers seen!
What signs their children see!

One song of praise for mercies past,
Through all our courts resound;
One voice of prayer, that to the last,
Grace may yet more abound.

All hail, "An hundred years ago!"
And when our lips are dumb,
Be millions heard rejoicing so,
An hundred years to come.

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: One song of praise, one song of prayer
Title: A hundred years ago
Author: James Montgomery
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English

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