The blessing of a night's repose

The blessing of a night's repose

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 1 hymnal

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The blessing of a night's repose
Hath been vouchsafed to me:
Mine eyes from slumber I unclose,
And find myself with Thee.

The living, Lord! the living, they
Shall praise Thy name;--the dead
Are silenced till the judgment-day,
Each resting on his bed.

Had death's dark hand at midnight broke
The seal of life, and freed
My spirit from this earthly yoke,
Had I been free indeed?

Free from the flesh, and all its ills,
The world and Satan free,
To range the everlasting hills
In sinless liberty?

Or, having sold myself for nought,
For ever rue the cost,
Bound on the wheel of one dire thought,
"My soul, my soul is lost!"

O God! Thy people's hope of old,
Early I seek Thy face;
And bless Thy name that I behold
Another day of grace.

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: The blessing of a night's repose
Author: James Montgomery
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English



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