Sing we the song of those who stand

Sing we the song of those who stand

Author: James Montgomery
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Sing we the song of those who stand
Around the eternal throne,
Of every kindred, clime, and land,
A multitude unknown.

Life's poor distinctions vanish here;
To-day the young, the old,
Our Saviour and His flock appear
One Shepherd and one fold.

Toil, trial, suffering, still await
On earth the pilgrim-throng,
Yet learn we, in our low estate,
The Church-triumphant's song.

"Worthy the Lamb for sinners slain,"
Cry the redeem'd above,
"Blessing and honour to obtain,
And everlasting love."

"Worthy the Lamb!" on earth we sing,
"Who died our souls to save;
Henceforth, O Death! where is thy sting?
Thy victory, O Grave?"

Then, Hallelujah! power and praise
To God in Christ be given;
May all who now this anthem raise
Renew the strain in heaven!

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: Sing we the song of those who stand
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English


Sing we the song of those who stand. J. Montgomery. [Communion of Saints.] Written for the Whitsuntide gathering of the Sheffield Sunday School Union, 1824, and first printed for that occasion. It was included in Montgomery's Christian Psalmist, 1825, No. 560: and, again, in his Original Hymns, 1853, No. 200, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed, in both instances, "The Church Militant learning the Church Triumphant's Song." It is in somewhat extensive use. See also, Worthy the Lamb for sinners slain.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)




Henry Lahee (b. Chelsea, London, England, 1826; d. Croydon, London, 1912) composed NATIVITY, which was first published in 1855 and set to a nativity hymn (thus the tune's title), "High let us swell our tuneful notes," by Philip Doddridge (PsH 335). Because NATIVITY was published with Isaac Watts' (P…

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