They Walked with God

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1 They walked with God in peace and love
but failed with one another;
while sternly for the faith they strove,
they fell out with each other.
But he in whom they put their trust,
who knew their frames,
that they were dust,
with pity healed their weakness.

2 He found them in his house of prayer
with one accord assembled,
and so revealed his presence there;
they wept for joy and trembled.
One cup they drank, one bread they broke,
on baptism shared,
one language spoke,
forgiving and forgiven.

3 Then forth they went, with tongues of flame
in one blessed theme delighting;
the love of Jesus, and his name,
God's children all uniting.
That love our theme and watchword still;
the law of love
may we fulfill -
give love as love we're given.

Source: Moravian Book of Worship #396

Author: James Montgomery, 1771-1854

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: They walked with God in peace and love
Title: They Walked with God
Author: James Montgomery, 1771-1854 (alt.)
Meter: Iambic
Language: English


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