1771–1854
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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.

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