Spirit, leave thy house of clay

Spirit, leave thy house of clay

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 59 hymnals

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1 Spirit, leave thy house of clay;
Lingering dust, resign thy breath;
Spirit, cast thy chains away;
Dust, be thou dissolved in death!
Thus the mighty Saviour speaks,
While the faithful Christian dies;
Thus the bonds of life he breaks,
And the ransomed captive flies.

2 Prisoner, long detained below,
Prisoner, now with freedom blest,
Welcome from a world of woe;
Welcome to a land of rest:
Thus the choir of angels sing,
As they bear the soul on high,
While with hallelujahs ring
All the regions of the sky.

3 Grave! the guardian of our dust,
Grave! the treasury of the skies,
Every atom of thy trust
Rests in hope again to rise!
Hark! the judgment-trumpet calls--
Soul, rebuild thy house of clay:
Immortality thy walls,
And eternity thy day.

Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #918

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: Spirit, leave thy house of clay
Author: James Montgomery

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Spirit, leave thine house of clay. J. Montgomery. [Death and Burial.] This, in its original form, is a poem in 14 stanzas of 4 lines. It was printed in Montgomery's Iris newspaper, July 14, 1803, and repeated in his Wanderer of Switzerland, and other Poems, in 1806, and again in his Poetical Works in 1828 and 1841. Its origin is explained in its title, which reads:—

”Verses to the Memory of the late Joseph Browne, of Lothersdale, one of the People called Quakers, Who suffered a long Confinement in the Castle of York, and Loss of all his worldly Property, for Conscience Sake."

To adapt the poem for congregational use stanzas i.-iv., xiii., and xiv., were slightly altered, and given in Collyer's Collection, 1812. This form was repeated in J. Conder's Congregational Hymn Book, 1836; the Leeds Hymn Book, 1853, and others, as "Spirit, leave thy house of clay."

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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A Collection of Choral Hymns for the ... Hanson Place Methodist Episcopal Congregation #d164
A Collection of Hymns #229Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns, for the Christian Church and Home #355Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns: Supplementary to the Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #435Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the Sanctuary #555Page Scan
Additional Hymns, Adopted by the General Synod of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church in North America, at their Session, June 1846, and authorized to be used in the churches under their care #306Page Scan
Chapel Hymns #d499
Christian Hymns for Public and Private Worship: a collection compiled by a committee of the Cheshire Pastoral Association (11th ed.) #573Page Scan
Church Harmonies: a collection of hymns and tunes for the use of Congregations #658Page Scan
Church Poetry: being Portions of the Psalms in Verse and Hymns suited to the Festivals and Fasts, and Various Occasions of the Church #185Page Scan
Compilation of Hymns for the Use of the Churches of the Christian Union #d641
Congregational Hymn and Tune Book; containing the Psalms and Hymns of the General Association of Connecticut, adapted to Suitable Tunes #1024
Cottage Melodies; a hymn and tune book, for prayer and social meetings and the home circle #488Page Scan
Evangelical Hymns: for private, family, social, and public worship; selected from various authors (3rd ed. enl.) #412Page Scan
Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church #648Page Scan
Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (11th ed.) #648Page Scan
Hymnal of the Methodist Episcopal Church #1000Page Scan
Hymnal of the Methodist Episcopal Church #1000Page Scan
Hymns and Songs of Praise for Public and Social Worship #1318Page Scan
Hymns for Church and Home #220Page Scan
Hymns for the use of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, by the Authority of the Ministerium of Pennsylvania #602Page Scan
Hymns for the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev. ed. #1101Page Scan
Hymns, Selected and Original, for Public and Private Worship #716Page Scan
Hymns, Selected and Original, for Public and Private Worship, published by General Synod for the Evangelical Lutheran Church. 68th ed. (8th rev. ed.) #d712
Hymns, Selected and Original: for public and private worship (1st ed.) #716TextPage Scan
Hymns: original and selected, for public and private worship in the Evangelical Lutheran Church (16th rev. ed.) #716Page Scan
Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (4th ed. 3rd rev. ed.) #716Page Scan
Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (30th ed.) #716Page Scan
Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (60th ed., 1st rev. ed.) #716Page Scan
New Hymn and Tune book: an Offering of Praise for the Methodist Episcopal Church #341ePage Scan
New Hymn and Tune Book: an Offering of Praise for the Use of the African M. E. Zion Church of America #341ePage Scan
Plymouth Collection of Hymns and Tunes; for the use of Christian Congregations #1153Page Scan
Prayers and Hymns for the Church and the Home #d596
Psalms and Hymns, for Christian Use and Worship #H476Page Scan
Revival Hymns ... with a Supplement. 2nd ed. #d260
Songs in the Night; or Hymns for the Sick and Suffering. 2nd ed. #d157
The American Hymn and Tune Book #d712
The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book: being "The Plymouth Collection" enlarged and adapted to the use of Baptist churches #1153Page Scan
The Book of Praise #d320
The Clifton Chapel Collection of "Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs": for public, social and family worship and private devotions at the Sanitarium, Clifton Springs, N. Y. #1430Page Scan
The Gospel Psalmist #684Page Scan
The Great Redemption in Songs New and Selected #d260
The Halifax Selection of Hymns: intended as a Supplement to Dr. Watts' Psalms and Hymns #d371
The Heart and Voice: or, Songs of Praise for the Sanctuary: hymn and tune book, designed for congregational singing in the Methodist Episcopal Church, and for congregations generally #316bPage Scan
The Psalmist: a new collection of hymns for the use of Baptist churches; with a supplement #1083Page Scan
The Psalmist: a New Collection of Hymns for the Use of the Baptist Churches #1083Page Scan
The Psalmody: a collection of hymns for public and social worship #1101Page Scan
The Psalms and Hymns, with the Doctrinal Standards and Liturgy of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church in North America #H738Page Scan
The Sacred Lyre #d257
The Saints' Harp #d775
The Springfield Collection of Hymns for Sacred Worship #460Page Scan
The Tribute of praise and Methodist Protestant Hymn Book. #469Page Scan
The Tribute of Praise: a collection of hymns and tunes for public and social worship, and for the use in the family circle and Sabbath school #469Page Scan
The Tribute of Praise: a collection of hymns and tunes for public and social worship, and for use in the family circle #469Page Scan
The Victory #d342
The Virginia Selection of Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs: from the most approved authors; adapted to the various occasions of public and social meetings (New Ed. Enl. and Imp.) #506Page Scan
The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #918TextPage Scan
Universalist Hymn Book #d476
Virginia Selection of Psalms #d391



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