What is the thing of greatest price

What is the thing of greatest price

Author: James Montgomery
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What is the thing of greatest price,
The whole creation round?
That, which was lost in Paradise,
That, which in Christ is found.

The soul of man,--Jehovah's breath!
That keeps two worlds at strife;
Hell moves beneath to work its death,
Heaven stoops to give it life.

God, to reclaim it, did not spare
His well-beloved Son;
Jesus, to save it, deign'd to bear
The Sins of all in One.

The Holy Spirit sealed the plan,
And pledged the blood divine,
To ransom every soul of man;
That price was paid for mine.

And is this treasure borne below
In earthly vessels frail;
Can none its utmost value know,
Till flesh and spirit fail?

Then let us gather round the Cross,
This knowledge to obtain,
Not by the soul's eternal loss,
But everlasting gain.

Sacred Poems and Hymns, 1854

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: What is the thing of greatest price
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English


What is the thing of highest [greatest] price? J. Montgomery. [The Soul.] Published in his Christian Psalmist, 1825, No. 504, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines; and again in his Original Hymns, 1853. It is found' in a few modern books in Great Britain and America.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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