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