The brightest morning of the year

The brightest morning of the year

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 1 hymnal

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The brightest morning of the year
Is that which brings the day,
When Sunday Schools assemble here,
Their joyful vows to pay.

The loveliest scene that eyes behold,
Is band succeeding band,
Till, fairly form'd with flags unroll'd,
The children's legions stand.

The sweetest harmony that floats,
Is, when, o'er hill and dale,
From yonder height, their mingling notes
With rapture swell the gale.

The purest bliss that life can know,
Devoid of fear and guile,
Is, when at once all bosoms glow,
All faces wear one smile.

Nor beautiful on earth alone
This spectacle of love,
Their angels round their Father's throne
Bend o'er it from above.

Great God! fulfill our hearts' desire!
Make every soul sincere,
That, in Thy sight, this youthful choir
May be what they appear.

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 brightest morning of the year
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English