When, like a stranger on our sphere

When, like a stranger on our sphere

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 68 hymnals

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When, like a stranger on our sphere,
The lowly Jesus sojourn'd here,
Where'er He went Affliction fled,
And Sickness rear'd her drooping head.

The eye That roll'd in irksome night
Beheld His face, for He was light;
The opening ear, the loosen'd tongue,
His precepts heard, His praises sung.

Demoniac Madness, dark and wild,
With melancholy transport smiled;
The storm of horror ceased to roll,
And reason lighten'd through his soul.

His touch the outcast leper heal'd,
His lips the sinner's pardon seal'd;
The palsied frame, the crippled limb,
Felt Virtue going forth from Him.

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Behold Him in the wilderness,
He lifts His hand the bread to bless;
And while the fainting multitude
Look'd up to Him, gave all their food.

In Him with man's infirmity,
The fulness of the Godhead see,
Warm tears o'er Lazarus He shed,
Then spake the word that raised the dead.

Through paths of loving-kindness brought,
May all our work in Him be wrought;
In His great Name, let us dispense
The crumbs of our benevolence.

Hark! the sweet voice of pity calls
Misfortune to these hallow'd walls;
The breaking heart, and burthen'd breast,
And helpless Poverty distrest.

Here the whole family of woe
Shall friends, and home, and comfort know;
The blasted form and shipwreck'd mind,
Shall here a tranquil haven find.

And Thou, dread Power! whose sovereign breath,
Is health or sickness, life or death,
Send Thine abundant blessing down,
And with success our labours crown.

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: When, like a stranger on our sphere
Author: James Montgomery
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Language: English

Notes

When like a stranger on our sphere. J. Montgomery. Public Hospitals.] Of this hymn there are two texts, details of which are as follows:—(1) It was written for the opening of the Sheffield Infirmary, October, 1797, and printed in Montgomery's Iris newspaper, Oct. 6,1797. In 1819 it was included in Cotterill’s Selection, No. 246, in 4 stanzas of 8 lines, and entitled "At a Sermon for an Infirmary." In 1825 this text was repeated, with slight alterations, in Montgomery's Christian Psalmist, No. 531, broken into 8 stanzas of 4 lines, entitled "For a Public Hospital." (2) Amongst the Montgomery manuscripts there is a manuscript of this hymn in 10 stanzas, and thus dated: "Revised, June 2, 1844." It is this revised text which was given by Montgomery in his Original Hymns, 1853, No. 286, under the heading "Hymn for the Opening of the Sheffield Infirmary, October, 1797," and from which Dr. Kennedy, in his Hymnologia Christiana 1863, and other modern editors have taken their text. The older hymnbooks have the text as in Cotterill’s Selection whilst most of the modern collections follow that of the Original Hymns, 1853.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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FEDERAL STREET

Henry Kemble Oliver (b. Beverly, MA, 1800; d. Salem, MA, 1885) composed FEDERAL STREET in 1832, possibly as an imitation of earlier psalm tunes in long meter. He took it to a music class taught by Lowell Mason (who may have contributed to the harmony); Mason (PHH 96) published it in his Boston Acade…

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A Collection of Hymns: Supplementary to the Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #70Page Scan
A Selection of Spiritual Songs: with music for the Church and the Choir #259Page Scan
Calvary Selection of Spiritual Songs with Music for the Church and the Choir #d1006
Carmina Sanctorum, a selection of hymns and songs of praise with tunes #181Page Scan
Carmina Sanctorum: a selection of hymns and songs of praise with tunes #181Page Scan
Chapel Hymns #d639
Christian Science Hymnal #19Page Scan
Christian Science Hymnal #388
Christian Science Hymnal: a selection of spiritual songs #19aPage Scan
Christian Science Hymnal: a selection of spiritual songs #19bPage Scan
Christian Science Hymnal: a selection of spiritual songs #19cPage Scan
Christian Science Hymnal: a selection of spiritual songs #19Page Scan
Congregational Hymn and Tune Book; containing the Psalms and Hymns of the General Association of Connecticut, adapted to Suitable Tunes #232Page Scan
Gloria in Excelsis #d754
Hymn Service No.2 #d117
Hymns and Songs for Social and Sabbath Worship #170Page Scan
Hymns and Songs for Social and Sabbath Worship. (Rev. ed.) #170Page Scan
Hymns and Songs of Praise for Public and Social Worship #204Page Scan
Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination #787Page Scan
Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination. (New ed.) #787Page Scan
Hymns for the Sanctuary and Social Worship: with tunes #240Page Scan
Hymns for Use in Divine Worship ... Seventh-Day Adventists #d1280
Laudes Domini: a selection of spiritual songs ancient and modern #370Page Scan
Laudes Domini: a selection of spiritual songs, ancient and modern for use in the prayer-meeting #154Page Scan
Many Voices; or, Carmina Sanctorum, Evangelistic Edition with Tunes #104Page Scan
Our New Hymnal #180Page Scan
Our Song Book : a collection of songs selected and edited expressly for the Sunday School of the First Baptist Peddie Memorial Church, Newark,N. J. #110aPage Scan
Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs: a manual of worship for the church of Christ #499Page Scan
Psalms and Hymns, for Christian Use and Worship #H117Page Scan
Sacred Poems and Hymns #286Text
Select Sunday School Songs #d133
Song-Hymnal of Praise and Joy, a selection of spiritual songs, old and new #316Page Scan
Songs for the Sanctuary, or Hymns and Tunes for Christian Worship #ad1238
Songs for the Sanctuary: or hymns and tunes for Christian Worship #305Page Scan
Songs for the Sanctuary: or hymns and tunes for Christian worship #305Page Scan
Songs for the Sanctuary: or hymns and tunes for Christian Worship #305Page Scan
Songs for the Sanctuary; or Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (Baptist Ed.) #305Page Scan
Songs for the Sanctuary; or, Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (Words only) #305Page Scan
Songs of the Church: or, hymns and tunes for Christian worship #166Page Scan
Sunlight in Sacred Song: New Collection of Gems for the Sunday School #27Page Scan
Sursum Corda: a book of praise #181aPage Scan
Sursum Corda: a book of praise #181bPage Scan
The Baptist Hymnal, for Use in the Church and Home #117Page Scan
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The Baptist Praise Book #316Page Scan
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The Choral Hymnal #d252
The Church Hymn Book #d623
The Church Hymnary: a collection of hymns and tunes for public worship #236Page Scan
The Church of God Selection of Spiritual Songs for the Church and Choir #d1002
The Clifton Chapel Collection of "Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs": for public, social and family worship and private devotions at the Sanitarium, Clifton Springs, N. Y. #71Page Scan
The Evangelical Hymnal with Tunes #220Page Scan
The Gospel Praise Book #d509
The Halifax Selection of Hymns: intended as a Supplement to Dr. Watts' Psalms and Hymns #d472
The Hymnary with Tunes: a collection of music for Sunday schools #39Page Scan
The Manual of Praise for Sabbath and Social Worship #176Page Scan
The National Baptist Hymn Book #d586
The National Baptist Hymnal: arranged for use in churches, Sunday schools, and young people's socieities (5th ed. Rev.) #141Page Scan
The New Hymnary: a collection of hymns and tunes for Sunday Schools #39Page Scan
The New Laudes Domini: a selection of spiritual songs, ancient and modern for use in Baptist churches #357Page Scan
The People's Praise Book or Carmina Sanctorum #d696
The Presbyterian Hymnal #126Page Scan
The Presbyterian Hymnal #126Page Scan
The Sacred Lute #d384
The Sacrifice of Praise. psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs designed for public worship and private devotion, with notes on the origin of hymns. #408Page Scan
The Service of Song for Baptist Churches #d989
The Seventh-Day Adventist Hymn and Tune Book: for use in divine worship #303Page Scan
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