Thy law is perfect, Lord of light

Thy law is perfect, Lord of light

Author: James Montgomery
Tune: NOX PRAECISSIT
Published in 62 hymnals

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Thy law is perfect, Lord of light!
Thy testimonies sure,
The statutes of Thy realm are right,
And thy commandments pure.

Holy, inviolate Thy fear,
Enduring as Thy throne:
Thy judgments, chastening or severe,
Justice and truth alone:--

More prized than gold,--than gold whose waste
Refining fire expels;
Sweeter than honey to my taste,
Than honey from the cells.

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Let these, O God! my soul convert;
And make Thy servant wise;
Let these be gladness to my heart,
The day-spring to mine eyes.

By these may I be warn'd betimes;
Who knows the guilt within?
Lord, save me from presumptuous crimes,
Cleanse me from secret sin!

So may the words my lips express,
The thoughts that throng my mind,
O Lord, my strength and righteousness!
With Thee acceptance find.

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: Thy law is perfect, Lord of light
Author: James Montgomery
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English

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A Collection of Hymns, for the use of the United Brethren in Christ: taken from the most approved authors, and adapted to public and private worship #45Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns: Supplementary to the Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #171Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship #185Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (10th ed.) #185Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (6th ed.) #185Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. (3rd ed.) #185Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. (45th ed.) #185Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. 16th ed. #185Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the Sanctuary #460Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the use of Universalist Societies and Families (13th ed.) #605Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the Use of Universalist Societies and Families 16ed. #605Page Scan
Christian Hymns for Public and Private Worship: a collection compiled by a committee of the Cheshire Pastoral Association (11th ed.) #205Page Scan
Christian Hymns: adapted to the worship of God our Saviour in public and private devotion, compiled from the most approved ancient and modern authors, for the Central Universalist Society... #291Page Scan
Church Choral-Book: containing tunes and hymns for congregational singing, and adapted to choirs and social worship #270Page Scan
Church Pastorals, hymns and tunes for public and social worship #309Page Scan
Church Psalmist: or Psalms and Hymns Designed for the Public, Social, and Private Use of Evangelical Christians ... with Supplement. 53rd ed. #P19dPage Scan
Church Psalmist: or psalms and hymns for the public, social and private use of evangelical Christians (5th ed.) #P19dPage Scan
Church Psalmist: or, psalms and hymns, for the public, social and private use of Evangelical Christians. With Supplement. (50th ed.) #P19dPage Scan
Compilation of Hymns for the Use of the Churches of the Christian Union #d745
Every Sabbath: a new collection of music adapted to the wants and capacities of Sunday-schools, the home circle and devotional gatherings #143fPage Scan
Free Methodist Hymnal #d631
Hallowed Songs #d350
Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church #164Page Scan
Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (11th ed.) #164Page Scan
Hymn Book of the United Evangelical Church #168Page Scan
Hymn-Book of the Evangelical Association #178Page Scan
Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church #6Page Scan
Hymns and Offices of Worship: for use in schools: with an appendix of tunes #4Page Scan
Hymns and Tunes: for those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. #85Page Scan
Hymns for Public Worship #348Page Scan
Hymns for Social Worship and Private Devotion #d160
Hymns for the Sanctuary and Social Worship: with tunes #154Page Scan
Hymns for the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev. ed. #681Page Scan
Hymns for Use in Divine Worship ... Seventh-Day Adventists #d1160
Hymns of Faith and Life #d487
Hymns, Collects, Anthems and Selections #d253
Manual of Devotion: or religious exercises for the morning and evening of each day of the month, for the use of schools and private families #53Page Scan
New Hymn and Tune book: an Offering of Praise for the Methodist Episcopal Church #89ePage Scan
New Hymn and Tune Book: an Offering of Praise for the Use of the African M. E. Zion Church of America #89ePage Scan
Offices of Worship and Hymns: principally for use in schools. with an appendix of tunes (2nd and rev. ed.) #4Page Scan
Offices of Worship and Hymns: with tunes, 3rd ed., revised and enlarged #125Page Scan
Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Social, Private and Public Worship #d822
Sacred Poems and Hymns #27Text
Sacred Poetry #150Page Scan
Songs of the Unity: a Selection of Lyrics for Public Worhip, with Tunes for Congregational Use #d214
The American Hymn and Tune Book #d808
The Centennial Hymnal #d408
The Chorister, and School Harmonist, 1st ed. #d130
The Christian Hymn Book #d643
The Christian Hymn Book. 7th ed. #d644
The Christian Psalmist: being a collection of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs compiled from the most approved authors, and designed as a standard hymn book for public and social worship #P19dPage Scan
The Christian Psalmist; or, Watts' Psalms and Hymns: with copious selections from other sources; the whole carefully revised and arranged, with directions for musical expression #P19gPage Scan
The Evangelical Hymn and Tune Book #d752
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 #162bPage Scan
The Hymn Book of the Free Methodist Church #179Page Scan
The Liturgy and Hymns of the American Province of the Unitas Fratrum #7Page Scan
The Liturgy and the Office of Worship and Hymns of the American Province of the Unitas Fratrum, or the Moravian Church #125Page Scan
The People's Hymnal: for use in public and social worship #71Page Scan
The Seventh-Day Adventist Hymn and Tune Book: for use in divine worship #206Page Scan
The Standard Church Hymnal #551Page Scan
The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #9TextPage Scan
The Wesleyan Methodist Hymnal #d565



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