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Born: November 4, 1771, Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland.

Died: April 30, 1854, Mount, Sheffield, England.

Buried: Sheffield, England. In his memory, a statue was erected in the Sheffield cemetery, a stained glass window was installed in the parish church, and a public hall was named after him.

James Montgomery (1771-1854)

When Montgomery was five years old, his family moved to the Moravian settlement at Gracehill, near Ballymena, County Antrim. Two years later, he was sent to the Fulneck Seminary in Yorkshire. He left Fulneck in 1787 to work in a shop in Mirfield, near Wakefield. Soon tiring of that, he secured a similar position at Wath, near Rotherham, only to find it as unsuitable as his previous job. A trip to London, hoping to find a publisher for his youthful poems, ended in failure. In 1792, he gladly left Wath for Sheffield to be assistant to Mr. Gales, auctioneer, bookseller, and printer of the Sheffield Register. In 1794, Gales left England to avoid political prosecution. Montgomery took the Sheffield Register in hand, changed its name to the Sheffield Iris, and continued to edit it for 32 years. During the next two years he was imprisoned twice, first for reprinting a song in commemoration of the fall of the Bastille, then for giving an account of a riot in Sheffield.

The editing of his paper, the composition and publication of his poems and hymns, the delivery of lectures on poetry in Sheffield and at the Royal Institution, London, and the advocacy of foreign missions and the Bible Society, gave great variety, but very little of stirring incident in his life, though he did find time to write 400 hymns. In 1833, Montgomery received a royal pension of £200 per year. His works include:

  • Prison Amusements, 1797
  • The Wanderer of Switzerland, 1806
  • The West Indies, 1807
  • The World Before the Flood, 1813
  • Greenland and Other Poems, 1819
  • Songs of Zion, 1822
  • The Christian Psalmist, 1825
  • The Christian Poet, 1825
  • The Pelican Island, 1828
  • The Poet’s Portfolio, 1835
  • Original Hymns for Public, Private and Social Devotion, 1853

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  1. According to Thy Gracious Word
  2. Angels from the Realm of Glory
  3. Be Known to Us in Breaking Bread
  4. Bright and Joyful Is the Morn
  5. Call Jehovah Thy Salvation
  6. Come to Calvary’s Holy Mountain
  7. Forever with the Lord
  8. Go to Dark Gethsemane
  9. God Is My Strong Salvation
  10. Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
  11. Hark! The Song of Jubilee
  12. Holy, Holy, Holy Lord (Wordsworth)
  13. How Beautiful the Sight
  14. In the Hour of Trial
  15. In Time of Tribulation
  16. Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Gates of Brass
  17. Lord Is My Shepherd, The
  18. O Spirit of the Living God
  19. Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief, A
  20. Prayer Is the Soul’s Sincere Desire
  21. Servants of God, in Joyful Lays
  22. Songs of Praise the Angels Sang
  23. Spirit of Power and Might, Behold
  24. Stand Up and Bless the Lord
  25. To Thy Temple I Repair
  26. When Jesus Left His Father’s Throne
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