November 4, 1771, Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland.

April 30, 1854, Mount, Sheffield, England.

Sheffield Cathedral, 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.



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:

  1. According to Thy Gracious Word
  2. All Ye Gentiles, Praise the Lord
  3. Angels from the Realm of Glory
  4. As the Hart, with Eager Looks
  5. Be Known to Us in Breaking Bread
  6. Be Joyful in God
  7. Behold the Book Whose Leaves Display
  8. Behold Yon Bright Array
  9. Bright and Joyful Is the Morn
  10. Call Jehovah Thy Salvation
  11. Christian Warrior, See Him Stand, The
  12. Come in, Thou Blessèd of the Lord
  13. Come, Let Us Sing the Song of Songs
  14. Come to Calvary’s Holy Mountain
  15. Come Ye That Fear the Lord
  16. Daughter of Zion, from the Dust
  17. Days and Years of Time Are Fled, The
  18. Fair Shines the Morning Star
  19. Fall Down, Ye Nations!
  20. Father of Eternal Grace
  21. Food, Raiment, Dwelling, Health and Friends
  22. Forever with the Lord
  23. Friend After Friend Departs
  24. Give Glory to God in the Highest
  25. Glad Was My Heart to Hear
  26. Glorious Universe Around, The
  27. Glory to the Father Give
  28. Go to Dark Gethsemane
  29. Go to the Grave in All Thy Glorious Prime
  30. Go Where a Foot Hath Never Trod
  31. God Be Merciful to Me
  32. God in the High and Holy Place
  33. God Is My Strong Salvation
  34. God Is Our Refuge and Defense
  35. God of Harvest Praise, The
  36. God of Nature and of Grace, The
  37. Green Pastures and Clear Streams
  38. Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
  39. Hark! The Song of Jubilee
  40. Hasten, Lord, to My Release
  41. Have Mercy on Me, O My God
  42. Hear Me, O Lord, in My Distress
  43. Hearken, Lord, to My Complaints
  44. Heathen Perish, The
  45. Heaven Is a Place of Rest from Sin
  46. Heralds of Creation Cry
  47. Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of Hosts
  48. Home, Kindred, Friends, and Country, These
  49. Hosanna! Be the Children’s Song
  50. How Beautiful the Sight
  51. How Precious Are Thy Thoughts of Peace
  52. I Cried unto the Lord Most Just
  53. I Love the Lord, He Lent an Ear
  54. In the Hour of Trial
  55. In Time of Tribulation
  56. Jehovah Is Great, and Great His Praise
  57. Jesus, Our Best Beloved Friend
  58. Judge Me, O Lord, in Righteousness
  59. Less Than the Least of All
  60. Let Me Go, the Day Is Breaking
  61. Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Gates of Brass
  62. Lord, Forever at Thy Side
  63. Lord God, the Holy Ghost
  64. Lord Is King; upon His Throne, The
  65. Lord Is My Shepherd, The
  66. Lord, Let Me Know Mine End
  67. Lord, Let My Prayer Like Incense Rise
  68. Lord of Hosts, to Thee We Raise
  69. Lord, Pour Thy Spirit from on High
  70. Lord, Teach Us How to Pray Aright
  71. Millions Within Thy Courts Have Met
  72. Morning Dawns upon the Place, The
  73. Not Here, as to the Prophet’s Eye
  74. Not in Jerusalem Alone
  75. Not to the Mount That Burned with Fire
  76. O Bless the Lord, My Soul
  77. O Come Let Us Sing to the Lord
  78. O God, Thou Art My God Alone
  79. O Lord, Our King, How Excellent
  80. O My Soul, with All Thy Powers
  81. O Spirit of the Living God
  82. O Where Shall Rest Be Found?
  83. Of Old, O God, Thine Own Right Hand
  84. On the First Christian Sabbath Eve
  85. One Prayer I Have
  86. One Thing with All My Soul’s Desire
  87. Our Heavenly Father, Hear
  88. Out of the Depths of Woe
  89. Palms of Glory
  90. People of the Living God
  91. Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief, A
  92. Pour Out Thy Spirit from on High
  93. Praise the Lord Through Every Nation
  94. Prayer Is the Soul’s Sincere Desire
  95. Pure and Peaceful Mind, The
  96. Return, My Soul, unto Thy Rest
  97. Scene Around Me Disappears, The
  98. Searcher of Hearts, to Thee Are Known
  99. Servant of God, Well Done!
  100. Servants of God, in Joyful Lays
  101. Sing We the Song
  102. Songs of Praise the Angels Sang
  103. Sow in the Morn Thy Seed
  104. Spirit of Power and Might, Behold
  105. Stand Up and Bless the Lord
  106. Tempter to My Soul Hath Said, The
  107. Thank and Praise Jehovah’s Name
  108. Thee Will I Praise, O Lord in Light
  109. There Is a Calm for Those Who Weep
  110. This Is the Day the Lord Hath Made
  111. This Stone to Thee in Faith We Lay
  112. Thrice Happy He Who Shuns the Way
  113. Thy Glory, Lord, the Heavens Declare
  114. Thy Law Is Perfect, Lord of Light
  115. Thy Word, Almighty Lord
  116. To Adam Thus Jehovah Spake
  117. To Thy Temple I Repair
  118. We Bid Thee Welcome in the Name
  119. What Are These in Bright Array?
  120. What Is the Thing of Greatest Price?
  121. What Secret Hand at Morning Light
  122. When in Dark and Dreadful Gloom
  123. When Jesus Left His Father’s Throne
  124. When on Sinai’s Top I See
  125. Where Are the Dead?
  126. While Through This Changing World We Roam
  127. Who Make the Lord of Hosts Their Tower
  128. Within These Walls Be Peace
  129. World in Condemnation Lay, The
  130. Yes, I Will Extol Thee