The one thing needful be our choice

The one thing needful be our choice

Author: James Montgomery
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The one thing needful be our choice,
To sit at our Redeemer's feet;
And meekly hearken to His voice,
That still small voice divinely sweet.

Divinely sweet, and yet of power
To quell the tempest, calm the waves,
And even in His expiring hour
To rend the rocks, unclose the graves.

"Come unto me, all ye that mourn,
Weary, hard laden, sore opprest;
Your griefs and sorrows I have borne,
O come, and I will give you rest!"

For us heaven's glory He forsook;
To seek and save the lost he came;
Himself our feeble nature took,
Endured the cross, despised the shame,

And shall we not for Him forsake
Earth's toys, sin's bondage, Satan's snare,
His cross, an easy yoke, to take,
His shame, a burthen light, to bear?

Ah! then be ours that better part,
Which Mary chose, His words to hear,
And bide as treasures in our heart,
Dearer than life itself is dear.

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 one thing needful be our choice
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English