Palms of glory, raiment bright

Palms of glory, raiment bright

Author: James Montgomery
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Palms of glory, raiment bright,
Crowns that never fade away,
Gird and deck the saints in light,
Priests and kings, and conquerors they.

Yet the conquerors bring their palms
To the Lamb amidst the throne,
And proclaim in joyful psalms,
Victory through His cross alone.

Kings for harps their crowns resign,
Crying, as they strike the chords,
"Take the kingdom, it is Thine,
King of kings, and Lord of Lords!"

Round the altar priests confess,
If their robes are white as snow,
'Twas the Saviour's righteousness,
And His blood that made them so.

Who were these?--On earth they dwelt;
Sinners once of Adam's race,
Guilt, and fear, and suffering felt,
But were saved by sovereign grace.

They were mortal, too, like us;
Ah! when we like them must die,
May our souls, translated thus,
Triumph, reign, and shine on high.

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 >


J. Montgomery. [Heaven in Prospect .] Written for the Sheffield Sunday School Union, and first printed on a broadsheet for use at the Anniversary in June 1829, in 6 st. of 4 1. It then appeared in T. Russell's Selection of Hymns…An Appendix to Dr. Watts's Psalms & Hymns, N. D. [circa 1833]; again in Montgomery's Poet's Portfolio, 1835, p. 240; and again in his Original Hymns , 1853, p. 160, where it is headed "Heaven in prospect." It is of more than usual merit, and is widely used.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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